Hey Good People – Rob here.
I came across a blog entry about flooring inspection tips from a home inspector based in Seattle. Apart from some basics about floor care and what to look for when hunting for properties, there are some pretty brutal pictures of flooring on its last legs.
One of the things which is mentioned in the article is the effect of pets on flooring over the long term. And this is not just about the usual house-training/nail-trimming issues which are important when integrating a pet in a property. Since pets are usually pretty habitual creatures, areas of the flooring they tend to favor for play and for sleep tend to take the most abuse over a shorter period of time relative to other areas of a property. These areas tend not to be the usual suspects in terms of traffic. And because of this, they tend to degrade at a pretty quick rate before the damage is noticed by homeowners.
Another issue when it comes to wood flooring inspection, and the inspection of other flooring too, is staining. Sometimes, stains are the result of surface absorption and flooring is easily replaced or otherwise treated. Other times, the damage lurks below the surface, which can really add to the cost of maintaining a property once it’s been purchased. In this case, sometimes subfloors have to be replaced in addition to surface flooring. The good advice given in the article is to always assume the worst when looking at wood floors, or at surfaces which cover wood flooring. Inspection of this nature can save a lot of time, energy, expense, and help you to avoid overall disappointment too.
What about you? Are there any warning signs you can recommend which property hunters should be aware of? What about horror stories (we love those don’t we, as long as they belong to someone else… :))?
Tell me all about it.