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Puerto Penasco, Mexico

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A QUALITY HOME INSPECTION

Can reveal critical information about the condition of a home and its systems. This makes the buyer aware of what costs, repairs and maintenance the home may require immediately, and over time. When it comes to real estate transactions, there can be many unknowns for both the buyer and the seller. The solution? Home inspections.

Home inspections are popular in real estate because they uncover and resolve property issues prior to the final sale. For buyers, knowing about any structural issues in advance is a huge advantage that can make or break a deal – and in 2022, 88 percent of successful buyers saw the benefits.

Home inspections are popular in real estate because they uncover and resolve property issues prior to the final sale. For buyers, knowing about any structural issues in advance is a huge advantage that can make or break a deal – and in 2022, 88 percent of successful buyers saw the benefits.


After your offer to buy a home and enter into contract, the process of near-endless writing begins. There are many necessary costs, such as realtor and lawyer fees, and the total of these expenses may have you looking for ways to save money elsewhere. You may be tempted to skip the inspection and its $350 to $750 invoice, but there are so many good reasons why you should get one. The main reason is so that you know what you are buying prior to closing escrow.

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A quality home inspection can reveal critical information about the condition of a home and Potential Hazards. This makes the buyer aware of  repairs and maintenance the home may require immediately, and over time. Such as GFCI's which could result in someone be shocked and Anti-Tilt on the Stove/Oven, which could result in a stove/oven tipping over on a child or someone leaning on the oven door. (Neither are required in Mexico, but we feel should be addressed for a Buyers protection).

                                                             

                                         

In Puerto Penasco that are Foam Roof, Rolled Roofing and Tile Roofs. They are placed over either Wood or Concrete. The Foam and Concrete roofs are then covered with a mesh and coated with Elastomeric Roof Coating. If done improperly, the roof will leak over time. A roof that has been coated with Elastomeric Roof Coating should be done whenever the coating is starting to look thin in places and showing the material below. The Elastomeric in Mexico comes in four different types, 1 year, 3 year, 5 year and 10 year. In the states you can get Lifetime, but it is very expensive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Roof issues cause ceiling issues

                                                                                                                          

A home inspection can reveal whether New Built and Older homes, rooms, altered garages did or did not follow code. In Mexico the Building Code was very laxed in the past, so homes built a few years ago may not be as safe as homes being built today. In essence, a buyer is purchasing something that legally does not exist. Even new homes with systems that were not installed to code will become the new homeowners' financial "problem" to fix. The picture above happen in a New Built Home, less than 12 hours after the Electricity was turned on.

                                               

                                                                                        

Open Electrical outlets and Panel Boxes, should be covered so that no one get electrocuted.




A quality home inspection will give you critical information about the condition of a home and its systems. Such as a TPRV valve incorrectly installed or the drain line not ending 6 inches above the ground.  This makes the buyer aware of what costs, repairs and maintenance the home may require immediately, and over time.



Not the correct way to ad an Electrical Outlet

                                                                                                                                                                    

Electrical panels should not have un-sealed opening for several reasons. One reason is that if there is a fire in a panel and there are holes, the fire may flash through the holes. Holes can usually be sealed with metal snap-in plugs.




A home inspection can detect safety issues like the lack of Carbon Monoxide, and Smoke Detectors, which all homes should be tested for. Make sure that your home-buying contract states that should such hazards be detected, you have the option to cancel the offer to buy.




Combination Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detector. With a 10 year battery and they are linkable to other Kiddie products.


Termites are a big problem in the Puerto Penasco area. There are 2 types of Termites in the area and if you do not know what you are looking for, you could be costing yourself a lot of money after you close escrow. While a inspector does not do a complete Termite inspection, they will be looking for signs of Termites.  The report will let you know if there are any signs of the pest, if so the report will say that you should get a professional pest control person. They will look for additional signs of Termites and what the damage is and how to rectify the issue.

                                                                                        

Signs of Winged Termites

                                                                                                    

Tubes caused by the Subterranean Termites

The Bottom Line

It is your responsibility to understand as many details as you can about the property you may soon call home. Home inspections reveal the inner workings of the property, allowing you to be informed of all the perks and pitfalls the home has to offer.