As a home inspector, we are responsible for ensuring that the house is safe and free from defects. Here are some of the most common defects that are found during a the average home inspection:
Faulty electrical wiring and outdated systems: Inspectors will flag worn out wires, dated knob-and-tube wiring in old homes, overloaded circuits and exposed wiring, all of which are fire hazards. Outdated systems need to be updated to meet current standards, which can cost thousands of dollars. Missing or faulty GFCI outlets will also need to be addressed because they are required by law in all bathrooms, garages, kitchens, laundry rooms and areas where a water source is present.
Major roofing problems: Aged and faulty roofs with cracked shingles, leaks and water damage are in need of full replacement. These issues can be some of the most expensive repairs in a home. Additional damage to sheathing, rafters and ceilings will add to the bill.
Plumbing issues: Leaks in pipes or fixtures can cause water damage or mold growth if left unaddressed. In addition, low water pressure or slow drains can indicate larger problems with the plumbing system.
HVAC problems: Heating and cooling systems should be inspected regularly to ensure they are functioning properly. Common issues include dirty filters, malfunctioning thermostats, and clogged ducts.
Structural issues: Structural issues can include foundation cracks or settling, sagging floors or roofs, or bowing walls. These issues can be expensive to repair but should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Inadequate insulation: Inadequate insulation can lead to high energy bills and poor indoor air quality. Inspectors should check for proper insulation in attics, walls, basements, and crawl spaces.
By identifying these common defects for our clients during a home inspection, we can help homeowners address these issues before they become major problems.
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