Top 10 Reasons for a Home Inspection
Top 10 Concerns for Home Buyers and Sellers
When buying or selling a home, people are often surprised to find how appropriate an old maxim – “The more things change, the more they remain the same” – can be. That’s because, no matter the age, style, size or location of a house, there are common problems that are likely to turn up during a home inspection.
Knowing what these potential defects are, and preparing to deal with them, is key to making the most of the buying experience.
1.Structural damage: As the foundation settles, it can knock doorways, walls and support beams out of alignment. The end result could make the entire house a safety hazard. 2.Leaky roof: Roofs may leak due to poor construction or aging materials. The question is, will the subsequent repairs be minor (replacing shingles) or major (replacing the entire roof)? 3.Faulty wiring: Older homes often need electrical upgrades, especially if you plan on installing a lot of electronic equipment (computers, exercise machines) or a pool or hot tub. When electrical circuits are not overloaded, the risk of fire is reduced. 4.Defective heating/cooling system: If it’s an older system, it can pay to upgrade to one that uses less energy and is more efficient. If you’ve got gas or oil heat, a carbon monoxide detector is advisable. 5.Poor drainage: If the property is not properly graded, water may not run away from the house. In addition, gutters and downspouts should be checked and replaced if necessary. 6.Plumbing problems: Older homes may have faulty pipes made of polybutylene-popular in the 1970s till the mid-1990s-which are prone to leakage and should probably be replaced with newer, more reliable materials. 7.Poor ventilation: Check the bathrooms. Without sufficient ventilation, moisture may have built up, potentially causing structural damage inside the walls. 8.Water seepage: If water’s coming in, be sure to add caulk and/or weather stripping to your shopping list. Water leaks can lead to mold, mildew and dry rot. 9.Improper maintenance: Any did-it-themselves, nonprofessional repairs could be a source of aggravation down the line. 10.Hazardous materials: Older homes may contain lead-based paint, asbestos, carbon monoxide, radon gas or toxic molds. Any of these could eventually cause serious health problems.
Having a home inspection can help a buyer find out about potential
maintenance problems and repair bills.