Why Older Homes Need 4-Point Inspections

When you’re in the process of buying a home, especially one that’s 30 years or older, getting a 4-point inspection is a must. This type of inspection from Step By Step Inspections checks the home’s vital systems: Plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and roofing. While these checks are pretty standard for every home inspection, having this done for an older home is crucial, and here’s why.

Why Old Homes Need 4-Point Inspections

You Want to Know You’re Buying a Functioning Property

Older homes do come with more upkeep and maintenance. Depending on the age of the house you’re looking at, you could find yourself blindsided by inoperable systems. For example, the roofing could be ready to collapse, which is a safety hazard to you and your family. Or the electrical system might be outdated or pose an electrical fire risk. Additionally, a poorly operating HVAC system could lead to mold and dust issues. But, with a 4-point inspection, you won’t be surprised by any of these repairs and can feel confident about your purchase.

It’s a Requirement for Home Owner’s Insurance

As we’ve already mentioned, a 4-point inspection is crucial for getting homeowner’s insurance. In fact, most insurers will insist you get one. The age of your potential purchase can also lead to higher premiums that you’ll need to consider before signing the final purchase agreement. One thing to keep in mind is that this process is usually included in a full home inspection. So, it may be in your best interest to request a full-home inspection when purchasing an older home. When we’re done, you will have a detailed report to take to your insurer.

Other Issues Come to Light

While we look at the four major systems of the home, we note additional issues related to the functionality. These include:

  • a hot water heater that’s insufficient or outdated.
  • a lack of proper wall or attic insulation.
  • polybutylene plumbing pipes.
  • electrical panels that need to be replaced or updated.

Detailed Inspections Homeowners Can Trust

Step By Step Inspections loves older homes, and we know you do, too! But it’s our job to make sure your old home is livable, and we do so through a multi-inspection approach. So, if you’re looking to purchase a home in the Charleston, SC, area, give us a call! We also help homeowners mitigate other risks related to mold, radon, and sewer lines. So, dial (843) 870-8726 today! We’d love to hear from you.