Home-inspection terminology for sellers

If you’ve ever heard a cricket player talk about out-bowling a batsman after he tried to put his leg before the wicket, or listened in on stamp collectors discuss what kind of condition their treasured postage stamps are in, you probably stopped understanding within a few minutes. After all, these niche hobbies and sub-cultures have their own language.

Though not nearly as foreign sounding or confusing as cricket, real estate has its own jargon as well. And nowhere is this more evident than in the home real estate inspection.

To ensure you understand everything that is said during this crucial stage, here is a quick glossary of frequently used terms. 

AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) - A person, group or organization who enforces aspects of the housing code or building standard when it comes to approving equipment, materials, an installation or other procedure. Examples of an AHJ include but are not limited to the building owner, health department, building code officer or fire marshal.

Buckling - Buckling occurs when material bends or twists as a result of weathering or normal wear or tear. It is often associated with water damage.

Basement dampness - A constant source of concern for many homeowners, dampness can include mold, water stains and water damage. Mold can be a major health concern.

HVAC - An acronym that stands for Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning. Any problems with the heating and cooling unit, as well as the airflow in the ducts and vents, will generally fall under this term.

Insulation problems - This can refer to cracks in the foundation, old windows and insufficient insulation in the wall and attic.

Poor grading and drainage - This often results in spongy ground around your home and leaks in your basement.

Poor plumbing - Poor plumbing can be caused by inadequate water pressure, leaking pipes, evidence of leaks seeping through ceilings and walls, or slow drains. In most cases you’ll have to call a plumber.

Roof damage - Including everything from a few brittle or missing shingles to flashings that need to be replaced, you can often hire someone to do a few spot repairs to your root. For more extensive damage, however, you may need to replace the roof altogether.

Structural flaws - This term is usually brought up after the structural inspection finds cracks in the foundation, uneven floors or doors that stick to the ground.

If you’re looking for more home-inspection tips and ways to save money, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They have the experience to guide you through the entire process.

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