Going through the home buying experience can be overwhelming and at times stressful. Many new home owners are daunted at the prospect of going through a home inspection after the near endless house hunting. This is not a good idea as many homes that look perfect on the surface could have hidden problems that prospective home owners can’t see. Even brand new builds can have issues. Undergoing a home inspection is one of the most important processes for a new homeowner will undergo. And to help ease your mind, here are a few common problems to look out for.
1. Ground sloping, Drainage and Foundation Flaw
One of the more serious issues uncovered in home inspections are foundation flaws. The ground needs to be graded properly to avoid structural and drainage issues. Water is supposed to drain away from the home, and some homes are built in a way that causes water to drain toward them. Improper drainage can lead to cracks in the foundation and damp crawlspaces and basements. Foundation flaws and ground sloping can lead to other problems down the line as well.
2. Water Damage
Water is a home’s biggest enemy. Some may say that water is the number one thing that a home should shelter you from. During a home inspection you certainly don’t want to run into any issues with water damage. Home inspectors will search for visual signs of water damage such as water stains, damaged finishes, rust and possibly mold. They can also test areas with a moisture meter to detect invisible signs. If they discover any problems, they will be able to tell you if its evidence of an old issue that’s been resolved or if it is a current problem that the current homeowner will need to assist with.
3. Rotting wood or other issues with the wood
Your home inspector will check out any exposed wood to see if it has any visible signs of mold or termites. It’s important to note that inspectors are also going to be checking for wood rot caused by age and moisture, too. Wood-destroying insects like termites and carpenter ants do not create wood rot. Damaged wood can lead to other structural issues so it is important to be on the lookout.
4. Roof Issues
Houses are very susceptible to roof damage, especially homes that are ten or more years old. As a home ages, so does the material that makes up the roof. Homes located in geographic locations with harsher weather (i.e. hot temperatures, frequent snowstorms, tropical storms) are more likely to need roof repairs. Home inspectors will check the roof and gutter system and ensure that roofing materials are in good condition. Roofing can be a costly repair, so they will also check if the roofing was installed correctly and if there are any signs of damage or leaks.
5. Plumbing Problems
Plumbing problems are typically and easy fix, such as leaky faucets or low water pressure. Sometimes, larger issues are uncovered like hidden leak that’s been left unrepaired. Leaks can cause mold and mildew to spread throughout the home. Your home inspector may also discover a cross-connection issue, where another water source is contaminating household water, or a need to replace pipes.
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