Trae Dauby: What Buyers Should Look for When Walking Through the Seller’s House

(upbeat music) – Hi, I’m Trae with The Dauby Team of Keller Williams Capital Realty. Today, I’m here with Brandon Riecken with Riecken Home Inspections, he’s actually at a house doing
an inspection as we speak. So we wanted to cover some topics. What should somebody look for whenever they’re just
going through houses, preparing to buy one, not necessarily during
the inspection phase? – Okay, well, if they’re
coming up to a house and they’re wanting to kinda get an idea if everything’s okay with it, one thing, look at the roofline. Make sure there aren’t any
crazy sags in the roof. Other thing, when they
walk around the house, make sure there’s no standing water, any kind of funny-looking
bricks that might be damaged, the blocks that might be damaged, peeling paint on the
outside, siding loose. Loose shingles, any kind
of damage like that. Or birds nesting, or anything in gutters that could cause you
to have water problems. – Right, what’s some of
the most common questions you get asked whenever you’re finishing up a home inspection and the buyer’s there? – Well, the big one is
did it pass or fail? Which we don’t do a pass or fail grade. It is what it is, so that’s always kinda comical. They’re always wanting to know
what the bigger items are, obviously roof, foundation, is there water in the crawl space, that sort of thing. And just, is it a home that I
would put my kids in, usually. – Exactly, so water in the crawl space, it’s been a really wet year. – It has. – We’ve seen a lot of
water in the crawl space, if you were buying a house and it had water in the crawl space, would it scare you away from buying it? – Depends on the extent or how
easy it would be to clean up. A lot of times it’s fairly easy to clean out the water, have
any kind of a remediation. What usually happens is the sump pump or something goes bad, the homeowners weren’t aware of that. And once they get that taken care of it’s usually pretty easy to get back to where it should’ve been. – Right, and one last
quick question for you. Can you tell us the difference between, we hear a lot of questions about the roof being at end-of-life, near end-of-life, same thing with heating and air. We get questions about, well, it’s 25 years old, the
life expectancy is 20 years. What’s your take on that? – Well, from a home
inspector’s standpoint, as long as it’s working, it’s working. There’s really nothing we can do about it. If we turn on the furnace, and the furnace does what
it’s supposed to be doing, we turn on the air conditioner, it does what it’s supposed to be doing, that’s really, you know, all we can do. But you really have no idea
when the thing is gonna end. So you just use it to
the best of your ability. My advice, if it’s an older one, just be to have it
serviced once you have it, and kinda go from there. – If you could see into the future, you’d be a very well-paid person. – Exactly. – Yeah, you’re essentially just inspecting the current state of the home, you actually can’t predict the future. – Right, exactly. – If you wouldn’t mind,
we’ll go around the house, take a look at a couple items, but we appreciate your time today. – Sure, no problem, thank you. And one of the first things
I’d do if I was a homeowner or a potential homeowner
wanting to buy a house, I would go to a crawl space if it has one, and I’d pop the door open. (metal slams) And it looks like this one’s a little dilapidated. But I’d pull the door open and I’d look down in the crawl space and just double-check that there isn’t any
obvious standing water right there at the edge of
the crawl space entrance. If that’s the case, then you know that there’s some water in
the crawl space already. Another thing good to do is when you’re looking at the downspouts coming off of the gutters, if your downspout splash
pad’s elevated back, and then the area in that corner where the downspout’s
at, if there’s a big dip, or you can tell where water is washed up against the house, that’s a good sign that
the water’s coming down from the gutter into the downspout and it’s just sitting right
there against the house and possibly going into the crawl space.

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