Mirkwood Home Inspection Top 10 Problems Found During a Home Inspection

TOP 10 Problems Found During a Home Inspection

Fix These Common Issues Before You Hire a Home Inspector

A home inspection is an important part of the buying process  of any home. Whether you're the one buying or the one selling, you need  to be paying close attention to the recommendations of the home  inspector and factor that into the price. Home inspection problems are  common for any home that is inspected, whether new or old. While there  are a number of problems that can be noted, we're going to be discussing  the top ten most common.

Erroneous Electrical Wiring  

A good home inspector will assess the power outlets throughout the home  and the fuse box or breaker box. Some common problems that are found in  this category 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 major fire hazards that could  result in the destruction of the home and surrounding area. This danger  is why wiring is a highly essential part of any home inspection.

Heating System Issues  

Another common part of a home inspection includes looking at the furnace  or boiler. The inspector will remove the cover of the heating system to  see if the system is being properly serviced. It's very common for home  inspectors to find boilers or furnaces that have not been properly  maintained, which is identified by the amount of sot viewable. It's  recommended that heating systems get maintenance checks annually to  ensure they are cleaned and in working order. The remedy for a failed  heating system is to have it properly cleaned and inspected by an HVAC  specialist.

Plumbing Leaks  

Small leaks are commonly found in areas around sinks and toilets. These  leaks are noted by the home inspector. The cause could be a broken seal,  incorrect plumbing materials, or corroded plumbing. If this shows up on  a home inspection report, it's vital that you speak with a plumber to  have the source of the problem identified and fixed. Leaks are not  something that you want to let go as they will only get worse and lead  to more damage over time.

External Maintenance Issues  

Apart from the inside of the home, the exterior is another essential  part of the inspection. Most home inspection problems with the exterior  of a home usually have to deal with the fascia. This is an important  part of the home that allows for proper ventilation of the roof. A lack  of the fascia being properly installed can cause a decreased lifespan of  a home's roof. Another major factor that is examined in the external  maintenance inspection is the gutter system. Any lack of a gutter system  to remove water from the home can cause issues with mold and water  damage in the home.

Faulty Windows

A simple concept that many people buying a home overlook is the use of  the windows. Common home inspection problems are faulty windows. This  could be anything from the window being painted shut to cracks in the  window. It's important that all windows are operable and do not let air  escape in or out when shut. Older homes tend to possess more problems  with faulty windows due to the way windows were previously installed.

Structural Problems

The foundation of the home is what all the rest stands on. If there are  major problems with the foundation, it can affect the structural  integrity of the rest of the home. It's also important to note that  fixing foundation issues can get quite pricey, which is why you want to  know any issues ahead of time when buying a home. Common structural  problems include cracks in the foundation, floors that slope, and doors  that stick.

Roof Problems

Roofs are another very costly expense to replace and repair. 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.

Poor Drainage

Checking basements and crawl spaces for mildew and other signs of water  leaks is a must of every home inspector. When these signs are identified  in the basement or crawl space, it's an indication that the home has  poor drainage. This typically is due to improper grading around the home  that forces water against the home's foundation instead of away from  the home. Grading requires a large expense to bring in soil and, in some  cases, requires the removal of porous soil from around the home. You  want to ensure this is not a problem that a potential home has that  you're thinking about buying as the costs could be significant.

Water Heater Specifications

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 look over these ten common issues and ensure they are fixed  so that your home can be sold for the highest value possible.             


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