If you’re getting ready to buy a house, there is a lot that you need to know about the home inspection process. A home inspection can often make or break a home purchase if serious issues are found.
Here are the top 5 most common home inspection findings:
1. Roof Problems
As houses age, so do roofs. Roofing issues are very common in home inspections. Most asphalt shingles last between 15-40 years, so a typical roof will have its shingles replaced multiple times throughout its lifespan. If the roof has been improperly maintained, it’s more likely to be faulty. However, this is not usually a deal breaker when a home is inspected. You can simply negotiate a lower price on the home, as you will have to invest money into roof repairs or replacement.
2. Faulty Wiring
Faulty wiring is usually an issue in older homes built in the 1940s-1960s. New homes typically have an ample supply of electrical power, and are wired to meet all modern electrical codes and standards. Depending on the scope of the wiring issues, this could be a big problem after a home inspection. It may be a simple fix, or it might require a complete overhaul of the entire electrical system.
3. Improper Ventilation & Insulation
Some homes were not built with energy efficiency in mind. An attic that lacks proper ventilation may be stifling and hot in the summer, and can even increase the risk of mold and other problems, due to the buildup of heat. Some attics may also not have proper insulation, which reduces energy efficiency. Typically, this is not a big deal. It’s fairly simple to ventilate an attic, or add more insulation, so if your inspector finds this, it’s not a cause for concern.
4. Poor Drainage or Grading
Poor drainage or grading can be a major cause for concern. Without proper drainage and grading, water can leak into the basement and into the foundation causing cracks and damage. If your inspector finds that the grading and drainage around the home could pose a risk, you need to assess the integrity of the basement and foundation before continuing the home-buying process. Water damage is a serious issue!
5. Plumbing Problems
Common plumbing problems include low water pressure, leaks, damage to pipes, slow drains, or signs of leaks. Plumbing problems are very serious, due to how the high costs of water damage. If signs of water damage or serious plumbing issues are found, a more thorough assessment needs to be performed.
Know What To Expect During Home Inspections!
Home inspections may seem complicated, but they don’t have to be! Just make sure to hire the right inspector, listen to their advice, and do your due diligence before you decide to purchase a home.