In this foreclosure marketplace, people walking away from their homes, no maintenance being performed, there is a good chance that many items may be in need of attention. Return air filters are recommended to be replace every 30 days, even the most avid homeowner barely reaches that goal. You can imagine someone losing their home wouldn't pay much attention to this. Changing them will make your air conditioning function properly and save energy.
Toilets running, drips from faucets and iriigation run amok are also wasteful and can do damage even further. A thorough inspector will note these potential negative conditions and it gives you the opportunity to update, replace or just correct the situation so as the fixture will function properly. Replacing furnance filters also will add to the "Greening" of your new home.
Appliances should be run, operated and examined. You can't assume because it is there it is operating to its potential. Dishwashers and water heaters are culprits. Starting up a dishwasher strikes fear in an inspector as he sees water pouring out the bottom. Water heaters corrode and with a life expectancy of approximately 10-12 years (Usually less) they pose a concern as if you ever had one go bad in the middle of the night as I have, you awake to 4" of water in the garage and streaming down the driveway.
At Sherlock Home Inspections Las Vegas we take pride in examining all appliances, built-in or stand alones, so their are no surprises to our customer and they are made aware of a service call is needed or replacement recommended. The "Greening" of your new home should be environmentally connected and that "Greening" doesn't have to be mildew or mold. I am Ed Albrecht, Owner/Inspector, Sherlock Home Inspections Las Vegas. I welcome any comments and can be reached at 702-683-8882. Please visit our website where you can obtain a Free Quote: www.SherlockInspections.com. Thanks for your time and remember, "Anyone purchasing a home in this marketplace should have their house examined!"