Yakima real estate features many different styles, materials, quality and age of homes so each home inspection shows us something new. We’ve seen hundreds of Yakima Valley homes and we can say some defects are more common than others.
If you’re preparing to sell your Yakima home, you should be checking for these items so you can remedy them before putting it on the market. This can help you avoid disagreements on what should be fixed after a buyer does an inspection.
Bath and kitchen vents often terminate into the attic, which can cause mold. Exhaust vents should be properly vented to the exterior.
Improper diverter flashing on roofs can cause water to drip close to the home’s foundation. This can lead to very serious structural issues.
Hot Water Heater Issues
Hot water heaters can often have improper discharge which could lead to corrosion and other issues. We also see many water heaters that don’t have a seismic strap, which secures the water heater and prevents a potential disaster.
Open Ground Outlets
In older homes the original wiring does not have ground wire connected to the outlets. These ungrounded outlets are easily distinguished by their two hole configuration verses the newer grounded type of outlet that has three holes.
Homes built before the 1960s often have galvanized pipes. Over time, the zinc on these pipes corrodes and can lead to lower water pressure and water quality issues.
These issues can give you an idea of what you’ll see on a Yakima home inspection. Let us know if you have any questions, we’re happy to help!