Can you do a home inspection in the rain?
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
When the sky darkens and rain pours down just before a scheduled home inspection, or even if thunderstorms only threaten, our customer or their realtor will sometimes call to see if we can still do the inspection. The answer is almost always yes.
There's two reasons why. First, in Florida the rain rarely lasts more than an hour or so, so we simply reverse the normal sequence of our work and do the interior of the home first. Eventually the rain lets up, if only for a while, and we do the outside of the home.
The only problem is that all roof types, but especially shingles, look newer and in better condition when wet. Older roofs need to be dry to accurately evaluate, so we might have to return the next day to take another look at the roof. But everything else in the inspection can be accomplished.
And second, there are even advantages to inspecting when it is raining or has recently rained. Roof leaks are easier to spot, both visually and with an infrared camera. Also, site rainwater drainage and gutter defects can checked in action. So a wet day is a good one for a home inspection.
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