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Dan Schneider of Schneider Home Inspections said excessive moisture is the most common problems found when inspecting Yakima Valley homes. Speaking to the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club earlier this week, the guest speaker said he’s also seen a lot of creative, yet dangerous wiring mistakes.
As of Thursday, January 15, 2015
Eastern Washington homes may not be prone to dry rot, but fungal rot is a different story, according to state-licensed home inspection specialist Dan Schneider of Grandview.
That is thanks to Eastern Washington’s much dryer weather, he said.
Speaking to the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club this past Wednesday morning, Schneider said when he is out inspecting homes, most of the issues he encounters are due to excessive moisture.
Schneider, who has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry, recently launched his own business, Schneider Home Inspections.
He said excessive moisture in homes is often due to leaking roofs and faulty plumbing issues.
A lot of times homeowners, who are planning to sell their homes, are not aware of the damage a single leaking water pipe can create, Schneider explained.
He said he is usually called to do inspections by the potential home buyer.
Typically, he said a home inspection takes about three hours and will contain upwards of 30 photographs to detail the areas of concerns noted during the inspection.
Unlike the home inspections seen on televised home improvement programs, “...I don’t tear into walls to look for problems,” he said.
“Most of my inspections are visual in nature,” Schneider said.
But, he added, you can tell a lot from a walk around a house, a close examination of a crawl space, a check under kitchen sinks or a trip to the attic.
He said most home inspections cost between $250 and $400, “…but are well worth the investment to avoid future issues.”