Every home has its own unique personality. Additionally, homes often are not perfect. It is important for either the buyer or seller to have a professional home inspection completed prior to buying or selling a home. Many of the common issues found when performing a home inspection can decrease the value of the home you are considering or impact the asking price. “That is why, as a Realtor, I make my customers fully aware of the importance of getting a home inspection,” states Central Florida real estate agent Fred Franks.
In this article, we will look at the most common issues found when performing a home inspection. We will see what they are, why they are important, and what you should do if you discover one of these problems.
Home Exterior Problems Disclosed by a Home Inspection
Water must be drained away from the structure as this can lead to foundation and other problems. Inspectors look for roof gutters and downspouts directing the water away from the home. Additionally, installed sprinklers must not be too close to the home. Inspectors look for mold, water marks, and cracks, which may indicate a drainage problem. How much this problem can cost for repair or correction is dependent upon the severity of the problem.
Since the roof is above a home owner’s line of vision, they may not be aware of problems with their roof. If roofing materials were not properly installed, water may enter in cracks and places where the roofing material comes together or overlaps.
Every type of roof can have problems:
- Asphalt shingles last from fifteen to forty years and can curl when they get old, exposing the underlying matrix. As a result, water can penetrate.
- Terracotta and slate shingles can crack and shatter.
- Wood shingles can rot or blow off.
The roof may need replacing or repairs. You should have an evaluation done by a roofer and get a quote for repairs or replacement.
Home Utility Problems Disclosed by a Home Inspection
Some homes have outdated plumbing systems which can lead to leaking and other problems. Additionally, tree roots can crack pipes and septic systems. It may be possible to make some inexpensive repairs, but, in the worst situations, the whole system may need to be replaced, a very expensive procedure.
Heating and Cooling Systems
One of the most common issues found when performing a home inspection is aged systems for heating and cooling. Even newer systems may not have been installed and maintained properly. Outdoor heat pumps become damaged from restricting air flow with fences and plants located too close. Additionally, rodents can nest around and in the unit and eat wiring. You will need to decide if the system can be repaired or needs replacement before making an offer on a home with a heating or cooling system problem.
Potential Environmental Problems Disclosed by a Home Inspection
Older homes may have problems with lead-based paint or asbestos. Additionally, inspectors look for:
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can collect in buildings’ low areas, such as basements and crawl spaces or occur in groundwater.
- Mold and Fungus
Black mold causes respiratory problems and can spread throughout a home, making it necessary to remove and replace dry wall. A white mold occurs when there is moisture and causes what is known as “dry rot” in wood. It also can create problems with brick and mortar.
- Well water purity (if applicable)
Your home inspection should test for the standards, which include iron, copper, and manganese. Additionally, tests should be done for dangerous compounds – arsenic, mercury, and lead.
The problems discovered by a professional home inspection may be easily corrected. Your real estate professional can help you determine if any issues affect the value of the property if you are a seller, or the price you should offer if you are buying a home.