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Certified Residential Inspections of Riverside
I'M JUST RENTING. I DON'T NEED A
HOME INSPECTION, RIGHT?
Before you sign your rental agreement, you may want to read the following:
One of my most common calls are from families in Riverside who live in rented homes and are experiencing conditions within the home, which are causing them and their children to become sick. Mothers, often crying on the phone, complaining their child is coughing uncontrollably, and certain that their newly rented home is the reason why their child is ill. There are also cases where the bathroom or roof leaked and water has destroyed thousands of dollars in furniture and clothing. These are the calls that prompted me to write this Riverside Home Inspection article. It's so frustrating hearing from clients who are sick or stuck in a property that is unsafe. It's frustrating to hear story after story of landlords that won't respond, won't fix, or won't take their tenant's complaints serious. When I ask if they had a home inspector take a look at the home prior to moving in, I always get the same answer: "We are just renting, I didn't know I needed an inspection." I often have to explain to the tenant that the home is no longer safe to occupy and/or a serious safety issue is present. The renter now has to incur additional moving expenses and legal fees, has to find a place to stay, and then has to attempt to get reimbursed for these expenses. Last time I checked, landlords are not known for returning money. In most cases, our clients will have to settle these situations in court. Wouldn't you want to know, for example, if there are exposed electrical circuits in the attic or torn asbestos air ducts? A simple two hour inspection can tell you if the electrical panel has been recalled for causing electrical fires, or if the air conditioning system is inundated with mold growth. We spend a majority of our lives in our homes. Not knowing what hazardous conditions exist within the places we choose to house our families is negligent. There are thousands of building codes in place to keep us safe while we live and move within our homes. There are numerous recalled components and appliances, which have been proven to be lethal. Also, in todays "do it yourself" environment, numerous hazards are created by unqualified "handymen" and unsuspecting home owners. These hazardous conditions exist in almost every home I inspect. Your rented home is no different. In fact, it's more likely and reasonable to believe homes managed as rental properties have more hazards than most.
Are you getting up there before you move in?
After the housing crash, many families changed from home owners into tenants. Armed with poor credit, families were happy to find a willing landlord. In addition, there is a growing trend of people choosing to rent rather than buy for whatever social issue. CRI feels, no matter what the situation, a family renting a home has the same right to protect themselves as a family that owns their home. The reason landlords are landlords is to make the most money possible, while attempting to spend the least amount possible. In an attempt to save money, amateur repairmen are often employed by landlords. As a result, substandard "repairs" are made. Building permits are often not obtained for the installation of key systems like windows, water heaters, and HVAC system installations. If not properly installed, systems like these can kill the occupants within. Windows installed too small or improperly can trap tenants during a house fire. Water heaters can explode if pressure relief systems are installed improperly. New HVAC systems are often connected to friable asbestos-based ducting, potentially exposing families to lung cancer. FAU systems are often installed over unsealed platforms, causing carbon monoxide to be drawn into the system and supplied to the interior of the home, potentially killing the tenant. These examples are just a few of the many ways your home can make you sick.
Renters who insist on doing a home inspection prior to signing a lease will not make many friends. In fact, even if you get a home inspection, there is no guarantee the landlord will fix anything. Some Riverside landlords may not permit a home inspection at all. Ignorance is still somewhat defendable in civil court. Once the landlord is notified of potential safety hazards, the landlord is required to take reasonable action. Choosing to have a Riverside home inspection completed prior to moving into a rental will, however, give your family peace of mind that a licensed professional was unable to find any immediate mechanical and/or environmental hazards. Another plus in having a home inspection prior to occupancy is you will have a record of the condition the property is currently in. Often, when it's time to get your deposit back from the landlord, the condition of the property comes into question. During the inspection, CRI will take dozens of high-definition digital photos, which document the current condition of the rental property. This documentation by a third party inspection company will help prevent any misunderstandings at the end of the lease agreement.
To assist tenants, Certified Residential Inspections of Riverside has developed a system which will reduce the cost of a Riverside home inspection by removing the information a renter does not need. Rather, CRI Home Inspection focuses the home inspection on immediate safety hazards. CRI is the only Riverside home inspection company offering the "Renter Hazard Inspection." The RHI is a system specifically developed for tenants, designed to inspect the systems that can and often do create hazardous and/or unlivable conditions. These systems include: roof inspection, electrical inspection, water heater/plumbing, inspection landscape and HVAC inspection. During CRI Home Inspection's exclusive RHI Inspection, we will perform a detailed moisture and visual mold inspection. We will identify landscape conditions, which create conditions conducive to mold growth. CRI will inspect the electrical system for deteriorated components, hazardous installations and recalled electrical panels Certified Residential Inspections will also inspec the water heater and HVAC systems for installation and environmental hazards. The RHI inspection is a condensed version of our standard home inspection, allowing CRI to offer this service at a reduced cost from a standard home inspection, often as low as $199.
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