No two homes are alike, and no two home inspections are alike. However, there are several common areas that pop up – time and time again – in home inspections.
Here are 7 common home inspection findings:
This can mean anything from outdated wiring to improperly grounded outlets. A frequent finding is that there is something wrong with the electrical entrance cable on the outside of the home. Exposure to sun, wind, and extreme temperatures can cause this cable to fray, creating potentially dangerous conditions for the homeowners.
Improper Grading or Drainage
Water that pools up at the foundation can cause leaks into the basement, erosion, and foundation damage. Inspectors often see that the ground at the foundation isn’t properly graded: the ground should slope down at least one inch per foot for six to 12 feet from the foundation, which allows water to flow away from the house, rather than working its way through the foundation walls and into the basement. Other issues with drainage include low spots in the lawn, which can lead to flooding during heavy rains, or buried drainage systems, which have a tendency to clog.
Problematic windows aren’t always as easy to spot as broken or fogged glass. Windows that are difficult or impossible to open could mean structural issues with the window or even the home. Sometimes, careful inspection of the area around the windows reveals shifting or gaping, meaning the home is losing energy and causing drafts.
The attic is an often-overlooked area for homeowners, as most don’t use it for more than extra storage (which isn’t recommended anyway, as the heat and humidity can damage belongings). Improper insulation, poorly configured ventilation, or blocked openings can lead to a buildup of heat and moisture in the attic, meaning increased chances of mold, mildew, or water damage to the roof sheathing or framing, not to mention high utility bills.
Leaks in plumbing under sinks and around toilets is a frequent finding, especially if a home is currently occupied and filled with stuff, meaning leaks may not be as apparent. outdated piping is another frequent finding in older homes; we are still finding problem materials such as galvanized supply pipes and polybutylene tubing.
Your home’s exterior has a lot of items that require frequent care and maintenance – roof, gutters, and siding, for starters. Some frequent discoveries during an inspection include debris and standing water in gutters, improper flashing around chimneys, and warped or broken siding panels.
Moisture in a finished or unfinished basement can lead to all sorts of problems. Frequent symptoms include puddles, water stains, and powdery residue on the walls. In finished basements, there is a real risk of hidden damage that could be expensive to fix. Basement problems commonly are tied to other inspection findings, including broken gutters or improper grading at the foundation.
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