Are Your Home’s Sloped Floors a Cause for Concern?

May 27, 2020 | Home Inspection

Many homes have floors that are not perfectly level. Oftentimes, a slight slope is no big deal. On the other hand, a sloping floor that worsens over time can be an indicator of a much more significant issue. If your home has sloped floors, you need to know why. Call Magnolia Home Inspection Services in Tomball to schedule a house elevation plot inspection and learn if your home is in trouble.

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Aluminum Wiring – Safe or Unsafe?

August 30, 2018 | Buyer Inspection

The Question Is this house safe if it has aluminum wiring installed? This is the predominant question asked by home buyers and Realtors when aluminum wiring appears on the Home Inspection Report. For most houses, the answer is yes, the house is safe. Aluminum wiring is not as big an issue today as it was in the 1960s and 1970s due to improved installation methods and using electrical connections designed for aluminum wiring. v Aluminum wiring was used as a substitute to copper during the mid 1960s thru 1970s. It was used because the cost of copper was so high. The qualities of aluminum as a metal are not the same as copper; yet, aluminum wiring was installed using the same methods as copper. As a result, house fires did result and, unfortunately, several deaths did occur due to aluminum wiring. That was in the 70’s. Once the cause and … Continued

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Foundation Repairs Made Easy

July 8, 2018 | Buyer Inspection

In this blog, we will discuss low cost repairs homeowners can make for foundation cracks and exposed post-tension cable ends. Foundation Crack Repairs Corner Cracks Almost EVERY house in the Houston area with a concrete slab has them. Almost all of the cracks found at the corners of the foundation are NOT a concern for foundation failure. Almost all of these cracks can be treated easily by the home owner for under $5. If these cracks are left untreated, water can enter the crack and cause the crack to increase in size. Eventually, the corner section may fall off completely. If this happens, the foundation is still not failing; however, minor repairs are required to repair the corner section in order to support the brick or framing that is no longer supported by the foundation. In addition, cracks can create a conducive environment for wood destroying insects to enter the … Continued

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Maximizing The Market Value For Your Home

May 23, 2018 | Home Inspection

A “clean” home inspection report is extremely advantageous to the seller of a home. It will make your home more attractive to potential buyers. It reduces the size of the overall home inspection report, thus, not scaring away buyers. Buyers typically don’t want to purchase a home with a lot of issues, even if they are minor ones. It also conveys the message that this home is well taken care of and is a good property to buy. Most of these tips are zero to low cost Exterior 6 to 8 inches of the foundation should be showing around the perimeter of the house to promote the flow of storm water away from the house. Trim vegetation to 1 foot away from house to prevent insect access to house. Tree branches should not be touching the roof. This can damage shingles resulting in water penetration into the attic, insulation, and … Continued

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Stucco vs EFIS

May 9, 2018 | Buyer Inspection

Traditional Stucco or Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EFIS), also known as synthetic stucco or Dryvit, are becoming increasing popular. Although they are very similar in outward appearance, the construction of stucco vs. EFIS is very different. This blog explains, at a very high level, the difference in construction methods and most common reasons why it would appear on a home inspection report as failing, needing improvement or further investigation required. Stucco Stucco is one of the oldest types of construction, dating back to 500 BCE in the times of Plato and Aristotle. The word “stucco” itself is Greek and means “no defeat”. In 1824, Joseph Aspdin improved traditional stucco application process by creating and adding Portland cement to the plaster mix. How it’s applied: Traditional stucco is applied by attaching a wire mesh to the external walls. A base coat or scratch coast of plaster is applied and successive … Continued

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Post-Tension Slab Alert

April 18, 2018 | Buyer Inspection

About 40 to 50 years ago, Houston home builders began switching from convention concrete & rebar foundations to post-tension slab foundations. This change was not made because post-tension slabs make for a better foundation. This change was made because post-tension slabs are cheaper which translates to more profit for the homebuilder. Unfortunately, the results of this change is devastating for homeowners. Conventional concrete & rebar foundations last about 20-30 years before failure begins to occur. Post-tension slabs are lasting about 15-20 years and are failing at a much higher rate. The switch from steel rebar to post-tension cable by Houston area home builders has delivered unmistakable results – post-tension cable foundations are failing earlier and in far greater numbers than steel rebar foundations. Authority News Network, June 22, 2017 Post-tension slabs are created with concrete trenches around the perimeter of the house where the external walls will be placed. Additional … Continued

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How To Read A Texas Home Inspection Report

January 1, 2018 | Buyer Inspection

One of the challenges every home inspector faces is to translate what they see to a report that makes sense to the person reading the report. The Home Inspection Report is designed to inform the client about the overall condition of the home. With this information, the client, with advice from their Realtor, can determine how to proceed. They may accept the condition of the home, negotiate for some of the repairs, negotiate the purchase price, or they may decide to withdraw the purchase offer and continue looking for a home. At Magnolia Home Inspection Services we use the following color code: Blue: inspector comments about the condition of the item inspected. These appear when there is an issue with the item. Red: inspector comments concerning safety issues for the item inspected. Black: standard TREC LIMITATIONS Home Inspection Reports can be lengthy and confusing. The report can contain anything from … Continued

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Foundation Basics

November 7, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

What should a realtor look for when showing a listing to a client? How does a realtor or a client know whether to pursue a house or to walk away? It really depends upon what the clients are looking for. If they want a historical home and if the home has not been restored, they can expect to spend tens of thousands of dollars or more in a restoration. Some buyers are looking for fixer uppers, but even then, they will walk away if the renovation is too costly or overwhelming. Most buyers are looking for a house that is close to move-in ready without expecting to spend a lot of out of pocket money within the first 5 years of ownership. The top three high dollar maintenance items facing prospective home buyers in the Houston area are: Foundation Settlement Roof Air Conditioning / Furnace (HVAC) This blog addresses foundations. … Continued

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Roof Basics

November 7, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

What should a realtor look for when showing a listing to a client? How does a realtor or a client know whether to pursue a house or to walk away? It really depends upon what the clients are looking for. If they want a historical home and if the home has not been restored, they can expect to spend tens of thousands of dollars or more in restoration. Some buyers are looking for fixer uppers, but even then, they will walk away if the renovation is too costly or overwhelming. Most buyers are looking for a house that is close to move in ready without expecting to spend a lot of out of pocket money within the first 5 years of ownership. The top three high dollar repairs facing a prospective home buyers in the Houston area are: Foundation Settlement Roof Air Conditioning / Furnace (HVAC) This blog addresses roofs. … Continued

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HVAC Basics

November 7, 2017 | Buyer Inspection

What should a realtor look for when showing a listing to a client? How does a realtor or a client know whether to pursue a house or to walk away? It really depends upon what the clients are looking for. If they want a historical home and if the home has not been restored, they can expect to spend tens of thousands of dollars or more in restoration. Some buyers are looking for fixer uppers, but even then, they will walk away if the renovation is too costly or overwhelming. Most buyers are looking for a house that is close to move in ready without expecting to spend a lot of out of pocket money within the first 5 years of ownership. The top three high dollar repairs facing a prospective home buyers in the Houston area are: Foundation Settlement Roof Air,Conditioning / Furnace (HVAC) This blog addresses HVAC. HVAC … Continued

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