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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  To learn more strategies for getting the best possible home inspection, here’s a few of our other blog posts:

How can I make sure I don't get screwed on my home inspection? 

How thorough is a home inspector required to be when inspecting a house?

Should I trust the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement?

Can I do my own home inspection?

How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole? 

The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get my own inspector? 

    To read about issues related to homes of particular type or one built in a specific decade, visit one of these blog posts:

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1940s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1950s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s house?

• What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1990s house?

What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property? 

What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been moved?

What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been vacant or abandoned?

What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

What do I need to know about a condo inspection?

What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?

   Visit our HOME INSPECTION page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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