Why some inspectors charge more for older homes.

You get into one of the older homes and it is very occupied by a current resident.  They have stuff everywhere and it tends to be exactly where you need to be inspecting:

  • Large cabinets against wall that have moisture issues.
  • Area rugs on wooden floors that are very bouncy, cabinets full of cleaning supplies.
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Very Occupied Room

Then there is just the fact that it is an older home. The codes were not the same back then or they were non-existent. Additions that were not done up to code back then, let alone now. Pre 1978 and there is a good bet you’re dealing with asbestos containing construction products (use a mask in the attic).  Some of the older products just are not up to today’s standards:

  • Federal Pacific electric panels.
  • Single strand aluminum wiring.
  • Awning (crank) windows that won’t seal, so they’ve been screwed shut with sheet metal screws.
  • Jalousie windows – don’t open them, the only thing that holds the glass in is a small tab of sheet metal.  Once it has corroded away, opening the window lets the glass slide out and break.
  • Central Air Conditioning was added at some point.
  • Old drip oil heaters with underground tanks (hopefully removed a long time ago).
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Electric panel behind plumbing

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Jalousie Window

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Leaking skylight blacked out

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Skylight blacked out with a rubber pad

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