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Apr03

4 Most Common Home Inspection Issues

4 Most Common Home Inspection Issues

Buying a house can be an exciting time for potential buyers. They would attend open houses and look at dozens and dozens of properties during the weekend in the hopes of finding their dream home.

Features such as hardwood floors, granite countertops, and up-to-date kitchen appliances are just some of the features buyers want in a home. In order to make the most of your investment, you should start looking beyond the physical appearance of the property. You don’t just want a lovely house, you want a house that is in tip-top shape and will last for a very long time. This is where home inspection comes in handy.

Professional home inspectors examine the house to determine the actual condition of the property. Since no house is perfect, they are likely to find issues during the inspection.

Here are some 4 of the most common home inspection issues.

Electrical issues

Today’s homeowners are big fans of electronics. In 2013, studies suggest that the average American household has about 24 electronic devices. Chances are the number has already increased over the years. 
Older homes have outdated wiring that aren’t up to current codes. Given the current electrical load people put on their home, this may lead to electrical safety concerns.

Water damage 

Water is a necessity of life. However, it can also be destructive. Heavy rain, heavy snow, and flood are some of the most common causes of water damage. If the owner has dealt with water damage in the past, odds are, the inspector will find a bunch of other problems.

Water stains on the wall, the ceiling, and the floor are the most common signs of water damage. Rotting woods and mold problems may also be evident. If left unaddressed, water problem may also lead to structural problems.

Structural issues

A house is only as strong as its foundation. Unfortunately, structural problem is one of the most common issues found during a home inspection.

Cracks on the walls, doors or windows that won’t close properly, and a house that is leaning towards the side all point to structural issues. If these signs are found on the property you are interested in, be cautious. Not only is costly to repair, it can also lead to further damage.

Defective plumbing

Every homeowner has experienced plumbing problems at some point. It can be leaky faucet, clogged drain or low water pressure. These are just minor problems, and may not be a cause for concern. This is why most homeowners often ignore them, and they always come up on home inspection reports.