Attics Need to be Inspected as Well

Even though many buyers don’t ever think about inspecting an attic, it should be one of the main things on your mind when purchasing a home. If you don’t have time to check it yourself, let a professional step in and take a look at it for you. Don’t overlook the attic. Attics are indicative of the home’s history. They can provide you with clues as to whether there are any serious problems that aren’t disclosed or known by the current homeowner.

Rafter or Supporting Truss Damage

Roof inspections might not necessarily reveal any defects in the structural integrity of the attic. Even though the roof might look secure and sound, you might find broken rafters or trusses inside of the attic space. Inspections will disclose whether there are any stress cracks that might lead to a loss of the attic’s integrity, as well as giving you the peace of mind you need when it comes to making an informed purchasing decision. It will also reveal whether the lumber used was up-to-date and correct.

Signs of Previous Fire Damage

If you notice that the rafters aren’t natural wood color, it might be a sign that the home was involved in a fire. Wood that is black, sooty and scorched is almost a sure sign that it was burned somewhere along the way. If you notice the wood is painted white, it might be an indication that the burned and smoke damage was covered up in an effort to eliminate the awful smell.

Sufficient Insulation in the Attic

You can choose to insulate your attic in a number of different ways, such as laying down fiberglass batts or blowing the insulation in. Since insulation is rated using an R factor, which means the higher the number, the higher the insulation factor. Make sure to ask the inspector if the batts are facing in the proper direction.

If you aren’t sure what you are looking for on your own, a licensed professional can help you along the way to make sure you know what the status is of your attic.

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Andrew Bussell

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