Whether you are on the buying or selling side of South Lake Tahoe real estate, nothing will make you hold your breath like a home inspection. Everything could be going smoothly and then all of a sudden, you find yourself negotiating some serious repairs. Of course most of the repairs that come back are usually minor or somewhat expected, but some can be a real buzz (and deal!) kill. There are a few things you can spot without an inspector’s license. If you are the seller, you can fix ahead of time, or if you are the buyer, you can request they be fixed in the initial offer or you can be sure to ask the inspector to pay extra special attention.
Make like a curious kiddo and turn on all the faucets! Toilet, shower, tub, sink, etc. and then just watch it drain. Seems like a pretty odd recommendation but if the water is moving slowly, this can indicate a clog or back up of sorts. Head down to the basement or crawl space to watch for drips as it drains if you are able. Possible pipe or plumbing issues is not something you want to overlook.
Not Enough Pipe Vents
Be sure to check out the roof and vent pipes while you are doing the exterior walk through. There should be a vent pipe for the kitchen as well as one for every bathroom. A shortage doesn’t make the home impossible to live in but it could make for additional expenses down the road. Be warned though: If the vents go into the attic, you could be pumping a lot of moisture into your home that could be dangerous.
Cracking generally is just a sign of age. South Lake Tahoe real estate has a lot of older cabins and homes for sale so a little cracking is fine. Be sure to inspect it anyway to make sure that there are no dark stains or mold growing underneath. A major mold issue in a home for sale in South Lake Tahoe can be a big challenge, one you may not be up for.
Bottom line, unlevel floors or crooked walls can mean some serious foundation problems. Every house settles differently, but if things seem peculiar, add it to the inspection list.
Multiple Different Pipes
If you see a bunch of different kinds of pipes (think PVC mingling with cast iron), it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There could be a variety of reasons why that are completely fine but alert your inspector. Mountain winters can be harsh and improper winterization can result in bursting pipes. If the owner of the home for sale in South Lake Tahoe took care of the issue, you are fine. However, if they simply put a Band-Aid on it, you could be in for some water issues that are not only expensive, but a complete head ache.