Home buy killers
You might miss some of these signs when viewing a home, but beware, they could mean a costly mistake. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, know that encountering these problems could be a deal-breaker.
Termites are a particularly troublesome pest, because they can cause serious damage to your home, and are notoriously difficult to get rid of. If you notice any of these wood-chewing creatures, or signs of their activities, it’s important to deal with them immediately!
A sewer scan is done by a company that specialises in this service. A technician accesses the main sewer cleanout hole and feeds a fibre-optic camera through the sewer line that runs from the house to the city sewer at the street. This sewer line belongs to the property owner and any problems with this sewer line are the financial responsibility of the owner. If there are problems with the sewer line that routine sewer cleaning won’t solve, the repairs will be expensive.
Most sewer scans on old houses reveal tree roots finding their way into the sewer lines and slowing things down, but no major problems. It’s the situations where major problems occur that make it worth having a sewer scan done. Sewer scans typically cost less than $200, and are usually scheduled at the same time as the home inspection.