08 Jan 2024


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As a home inspector with over 25 years of experience, I have encountered many attics that show signs of past fires. It is always a shocking and unpleasant discovery, especially for the clients who are interested in buying the house. I have had clients who drove for days to attend a home inspection, only to find out that the attic had fire damage that was not disclosed by the seller.

This particular inspection was very upsetting for the client, who felt deceived and frustrated. The real estate agent also got involved, but not all agents handle this situation the same way, nor do all clients react the same way. It puts the real estate professional in a hard spot because now they have a client who is upset and spent countless hours looking for a house. As a home inspector, my job is to uncover problems that need to be addressed and inform the client about them. It isn’t that the home inspector “killed the deal,” it’s that the house “killed the deal.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were an estimated 10,000 attic fires in the United States in 2021. These fires resulted in an estimated 10 deaths, 50 injuries, and $1 billion in property damage.

Attic fires can be particularly dangerous because they can spread quickly and be difficult to extinguish. This is because attics are often filled with combustible materials, such as insulation, wood, and paper. Additionally, attic fires can produce large amounts of smoke and toxic gases, which can be deadly to firefighters and occupants.

The leading causes of attic fires include:

  • Electrical problems
  • Overheated chimneys
  • Candles
  • Smoking materials
  • Lightning strikes
  • Intentional acts of arson

Before you sign the dotted line, make sure you hire a home inspector who pays attention to details and has your best interest at heart.

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