A home inspection is the most important part of the home buying process. If you are buying or selling a home, you should always pay attention to the recommendations of the home inspector and factor any maintenance or problems that are found into the price. Home inspection problems are common for any home that is inspected, whether new or old. This blog post is going to focus mainly on the most common issues we find during our home inspection process.
Our home inspectors take a close look at the power outlets throughout the home and the fuse box or breaker box. Some common problems we find with electrical wiring include reversed polarity outlets and double taps. Reverse polarity outlets happen when the neutral and hot wires are attached to the opposite terminal. This is corrected by switching the wires to the correct terminals. Double taps happen when two electrical feeds are attached to one breaker. This problem can be remedied by installing a twin breaker. Faulty wiring could lead to a major fire hazard that could result in major damage to the home and surrounding properties. Inspection the electrical wiring or a home is an essential part of our thorough home inspection process.
We often find small leaks around sinks and toilets during our inspections. If we find any leaks during the inspection process we will make a note of the leak and the location/severity of the leak. Plumbing leaks are most often caused by a broken seal, improperly used plumbing materials, or corroded pipes. If you have any type of plumbing leak that is found by our inspector, it’s imperative that you speak with a plumber to have the source of the problem identified and fixed. Never leave a plumbing leak to become a bigger problem and cause more damage than it may have already caused to your home.
The Homes Exterior
Our inspector will make a very detailed and thorough inspection of the home’s exterior. The most common issue we find when looking at the home’s exterior is a problems with the fascia. The fascia is a very important part of the home because it allows for proper ventilation of the roof. If the fascia is not properly installed it can cause a decreased lifespan of a home’s roof. Another major problem we find during our external maintenance inspection is the gutter system. A faulty gutter system can cause issues with mold and water damage inside the home but it can also compromise the foundation of the home in extreme cases.
Home buyers can be side tracked by certain aspects of a home that they miss simple thing like the functionality of the windows. Problems that we find are things like windows being painted shut or small cracks in the window pane. The smooth operation of all the windows in a home is important because of proper ventilation and in some cases it could be a fire hazard. Many of the older homes we inspect tend to have more problems with faulty windows due to the installation process and worn out mechanisms for opening and shutting the window.
Structural & Foundation
A home’s foundation is a major focus of our inspection process. If there any problems with the foundation, it can affect the structural integrity of the entire home. Fixing a home’s foundation issues can be very expensive, which is why you definitely want to know about any issues ahead of time if you plan on buying that home. The most common structural problems include cracks in the foundation, floors that slope, and doors that stick.
This is why a home inspector can be very tedious when accessing the roof of a home you’re thinking about buying. You don’t want to be dealing with a few thousand dollar bill over a problem that the seller should’ve fixed. Common roof problems include missing or broken flashings, curled shingles, leaks, and improper ventilation. These problems can lead to the degradation and premature aging of the roof.
Due to new housing requirements, it’s very common for older homes to have water heater inspection problems. These issues typically are dealing with the size of the vent for the heater and the lack of the temperature pressure relief valve, or TPRV. If you’re buying a home that wasn’t recently built, it’s likely you’re going to see the water heater on the list of housing problems.
Poorly Maintained Home
Keeping up with the regular maintenance that a home requires is something that a home inspector will look for. This category encompasses many potential issues that can be noted about both the interior and exterior of the home as well as the property. Some common signs of a poorly maintained property include worn carpeting, cracked driveway, peeling paint, stained flooring, and loose caulking.
A home inspection is meant to give both the buyer and seller necessary insight into the health of a home. As a buyer, you want to ensure that the home is structurally sound and has no major hidden issues that will require a large investment later down the road. As a seller, it’s important to review any issues found during the home inspection and ensure that these items are fixed so that your home can be sold for the best price.