Houseboats, or “Floating Homes” are much like homes built on land. Though they float, they still have most of the same types of structural and mechanical components that standard homes have, and need to be inspected in a similar way. We have inspected many floating homes in the Seattle area, and are qualified to inspect all of the structural and mechanical features of these types of homes. We also understand the additional complexities that do come along with living on the water, so for an inspection that includes an evaluation of the underwater mechanical components, the stringer condition and the flotation type and condition, we can also supply a diver at the same time or refer you to a qualified diving company.
The time it takes to complete an inspection of a floating home varies based on the size, age and complexity of the property. Please call us to discuss the details and we will be happy to give you a more concrete time frame for the inspection. Our inspection includes a detailed evaluation of the roof, attic and structural components as well as the plumbing, electrical and heating/cooling systems (mechanical) for each individual unit.
Getting your home inspected periodically is critical. Most people only engage home inspection companies when they are buying homes, but they forget them as soon as the purchase the homes. The most compelling reason to get a home inspected before you move in is so that any defects in it may be revealed in good time. You do not want to move into a house that has been renovated to simply cover up its faults.
But beyond getting a home inspected before you move into it to learn about its defects, you should get the house you live in inspected periodically. This will help to determine whether it is still fit for inhibition. It will also help you know about and solve problems before they escalate into a crisis.
Why Should You Get A Floating Home Inspected?
Floating homes refer to residential structures that are built on floaters. Because of the nature of these houses, it is even more important to get floating homes inspected more often. It is however not enough to simply get your floating home inspected regularly: it should be inspected by a reputable company. Here are a few things that any floating home inspection company worth its salt will be sure to check during an inspection.
• Home system
Of course any home inspection company has to start by inspecting the basic systems in a house. These include such things as the HVAC system, the electrical wiring, plumbing and even the condition of walls.
• The Honey Pot
The sewerage system of a floating home is a rather delicate system, and one that every floating homeowner should pay special attention to. Before you move into a floating home, you want to ensure that the honey pot is of good quality, preferably one made of stainless steel. If this is not the case, then you would be better off knowing that you might need to replace your honey pot than to move in without that knowledge.
• The Anchorage
Anchorage is extremely important for a floating home. Since you are lacking the knowledge and experience to tell what anchorage is good and what is not, you would be better off involving a home inspection company. That way, you will get all the guidance you need, and it will also provide for an eye opening experience.
How to Choose An Inspection Company
Thoroughness is a quality that you should look for the most in any inspection company. You want to hire a company that will not do a shoddy job, but one that will actually carry out a serious inspection. Nothing could be worse than discovering flaws in your home by yourself after engaging an inspection company.
Additionally, you would be better off choosing an inspection company that has been in existence for a long time. There is a high likelihood that its employees are good at what they do, and that translates to excellent quality of services for you.
Another factor that you should consider before you hire an inspection company is the cost of their services. You want to hire a company that charges fair prices for their services: prices that are neither prohibitively expensive nor questionably cheap.
Whether you are moving into a floating home or you simply want the condition of your current home examined, do not hesitate to contact a floating home inspection company. An inspection will afford you the peace of mind that you desire.