Home inspections are a valuable tool for any home buyer or home seller. As a buyer, you’ll come to the table armed with better information about the condition of the property, and as a seller, you will have the chance to address any repairs which makes for a faster and smoother closing. So what types of common issues do home inspectors usually uncover? The following is a list of some common problems that can potentially derail your real estate transaction…
Common Issues #1 – Roofing Problems
Concerns of a leaking foundation are legitimate, but a leaking roof can potentially cause damage throughout the house. Even minor roof wear and tear such as missing or damaged flashing, missing shingles, or damaged fascia board are reasons to worry. By and large, confirming the need to replace a roof that is approaching the end of its lifespan is the biggest concern to a prospective home buyer. No one wants the expense of replacing the roof right after they purchase a new home.
Common Issues #2 – Unsafe Electrical Work
Electrical systems can be expensive to repair because sometimes it requires opening up the walls to expose the wiring. As expected, older homes tend to have more electrical issues as a result of improper add-ons to the original system aimed to provide support for new appliances. Deteriorating or rodent-damaged wiring is another problem, as well as, insufficient power supply for today’s electrical needs.
Unfortunately, building materials used in older homes were unreliable, such as clay sewer lines or polybutylene plumbing. These ticking time bombs can rupture after years of use causing expensive property damage. Leaky toilets, faucets and other plumbing defects add to the list of common plumbing issues found during inspections.
Heating and air conditioning systems account for a good portion of your energy bill, which is why it’s extremely important to the potential buyer to insure everything is working properly. Some of the most common issues encountered during an inspection include HVAC equipment with improper installation and poor maintenance. Signs that HVAC equipment is not performing at its peak efficiency are moisture stains on the furnace, disconnected or damaged supply ducts, dirty air filters and damaged or no insulation. Many of these problems are difficult to spot if you don’t know what to look for. Hiring an experienced home inspector is the best way to get detailed and accurate information about the property you are planning to purchase.
Poor grading may seem like a cosmetic issue, but it can be much more serious. When the ground slopes toward the house, rather than away from it, there is increased risk of leaks in the basement or crawlspace. That increased moisture can also lead to such issues as mold, foundation cracks, and possibly foundation movement. Many home buyers will walk away from a home that has foundation issues. Not only are they serious in nature, but are costly to repair.
A knowledgeable home inspector will provide you with the information you need to make the right decision when it comes to purchasing a new home.
Not all home inspectors are created equal. AA Home Inspection has sellers, homeowners, and realtors who use us time and time again so they have the most accurate information possible before they buy or sell a property.
AA Home Inspection is a locally owned and operated, full-time inspection company serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. We have the experience to provide high-quality results. When it’s time to buy a new home, you need to be able to turn to an experienced inspection company you can trust. AA Home Inspection employs a full-time staff of qualified inspectors and office staff. Since 2000 we have completed over 9000 inspections and you can be assured that your home inspection report will give you an in-depth look at your new property.
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