Having your home inspected helps identify any potential issues that need your attention early, and can help prevent the possibility of widespread damage that will require expensive repairs. Every year, home inspectors examine thousands of homes, and there are commonalities in the issues found to be problematic that require attention.
The following are the most common home inspection issues found:
1. Poor Drainage
In many cases, drainage issues are not discovered until a home inspector comes around or there is visible damage which leads to further investigation by the homeowner. Large amounts of rain are not common in many areas of the country, so poor drainage can pose an almost invisible threat to homeowners. Drainage issues should not be taken lightly, as soon as they are discovered one should take action to resolve the issue as not to sustain any damage to the home.
2. Electrical Issues
Inspectors will usually find some sort of variance with the electrical system in a home, this could be exposed wires, stripped wires, incorrect connections, underpowered breakers, and so on. Depending on the nature of the issues discovered and the age of your home, you may be looking at complete electrical system upgrade to ensure the wiring is safe.
3. Roofing Troubles
It is common for inspectors to find roofing issues in a larger number of homes they examine. Your roof is constantly exposed to harsh elements. Some damage is usually found on homes that are ten years or older. Most houses have missing or lifting shingles, which can cause water damage during heavy rain. Ignoring early signs of potential roofing issues can lead to excessive damage, costly water damage restoration and loss of property.
4. Plumbing Faults
Many homes have potentially serious plumbing issues brewing up, unknown to the homeowners. During home inspections, inspectors discover these issues that need immediate attention. Slow drains, leaks, and low water pressure may seem trivial but could have significant underlying problems. Inspectors usually check for signs of major defects to contain them. As a result, an immediate plumbing or drain repair may be suggested.
5. Poor Insulation
Poor insulation can be a major cause of high energy bills. The inspector can test the insulation rating of your exterior facing walls as well as in your attic. Low or poor levels of insulation in the attic are usually unknown to homeowners. Attic’s often require additional ventilation and insulation to improve the energy efficiency of a home and prevent mold growth.
The above issues are the most common found during a home inspection. If you are planning on having your home inspected for your own peace of mind or because you are looking to sell or buy, you should expect at least one of these common issues to be found. Once the inspection is complete, don’t sit on any of their suggestions, get ready to fix any issue discovered to avoid any further damage or safety risks.