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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Using a Home Inspector

By Rita Pizarro

Building in Northern Mexico is not that much different than in the United States. You will find more concrete homes and only a few frame homes. The next thing you will find is that it can be a lot slower to build and, in most cases, you will miss out on some of the safety features found in U.S. homes.

One thing that Home Inspector Tom Thomas of Puerto Peñasco finds in almost all of the homes he has inspected is the lack of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) electrical outlets that are required within 5 feet of any water source. Another is the lack of safety products. Tom said many of the homes his company has inspected don't have a smoke detector or a carbon monoxide detector. Some other things inspectors find are: no venting of the plumbing that can lead to deadly gases being vented up through drains, foundations that will not support the building and electrical wiring that will not carry the load.

If you plan to build a home in Mexico, you will need to communicate with your architect and builder about these safety features and products. Hire a home inspector to inspect while the home is under construction with a final inspection before the home is turned over to you from the builder. A few hundred dollars can save thousands of dollars in repairs later.

Rita Pizarro is a local massage therapist and freelance writer. Thanks to Tom Thomas, local home inspector. Rita and Tom can both be reached at (602) 748-4134 or ritapizarro@gmail.com