Home inspections are scheduled by either a potential home buyer or a seller as a pre-listing inspection. The inspections provide a thorough insight into a home’s overall condition and can provide a lot of transparency for a sale or purchase.
Dave Swartz, Arizona home inspector, and regular HGTV contributor, has offers a list of the 10 most common issues or problems found during a typical home inspection:
1. Electrical systems rank among the most common features. Either worn or outdated wiring, as well as additions to the home, can be among the most common problems detected, particularly in older homes. Outdated electrical wiring if not addressed can prove to be a serious safety issue.
2. Aging or improperly installed roofs are another common occurrence. Flashing are often found to be a problem – either incorrectly installed or altogether missing flashing. It’s important that a licensed roofing company perform an evaluation of the roof if a problem is detected by an inspector because repairs or replacement can prove costly.
3. Aging, poor installations or lack of maintenance in HVAC systems are fairly common as well.
4. Plumbing issues such as outdated or leaking systems are another commonly identified issue. Establishing whether repairs or complete replacement will be needed is important given the cost difference.
5. Insulation and ventilation is often found to be inadequate or in poor condition leading to higher utility costs.
6. Poor maintenance of the dwelling is another frequent occurrence. Often a homeowner simply postpones maintenance which can pose an issue for a potential buyer. It can be expensive to remediate poor house maintenance to bring it back into acceptable condition.
7. Drainage that hasn’t been properly addressed can pose significant problems for a property. Water should always drain away from a dwelling. Gutters and downspouts are important.
8. Cracks in the structure or foundation aren’t uncommon and can allow water or moisture incursion – a condition which is attractive to mold growth.
9. Minor structural damage can be found in the attic or crawlspaces.It’s important to ensure a structure is sound without any missing components.
10. Environmental concerns such as mold growth rounds out our top 10 problems commonly uncovered during a home inspection.