Common problems found during a home inspection

By Andrew Bash

Andrew Bash of Bash & Co. Sotheby’s International Realty.

Most of us have been here – the dreaded home inspection stage of the home buying/selling process!

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, waiting days for pins and needles while a home undergoes an inspection can create anxiety. If you’re about to start buying or selling a home, I’m here to help.

First, I would recommend meditating (for tips on how to get started with this exercise, see previous editions of this column wink wink!) Second, read on. I’ve put together a comprehensive list of some of the most common problems that can cause a home to fail inspection.

Discharge direction

Good water drainage depends on a ground slope of at least 3% of the house. If you don’t have the right type of soil, you run the risk of water damage and the most troublesome – moving the foundation. Speaking of foundation…

Faulty foundation

Cracks in the foundation of your home are also something the inspector will look out for. These cracks can indicate a problem with the house frame, tree growth under the foundation, or structural problems such as poor reinforcement. Common indicators of foundation movement are gaps in interior doors when they are closed or floors that are clearly not level.

Roof repairs

One of the most important parts of your home, the roof, is often one of the first places an inspector checks. If there are problems, it could potentially cause damage to virtually any room in your home. They check for water damage, installation issues and material quality. It’s important to remember that as a house ages, so does the roof. Depending on the material, these repair costs range from economical to expensive. If you are buying or selling an older home, you should pay attention to this structural necessity!

Plumbing problems

Whether it’s a leaking faucet or replacing the pipes, plumbing issues often fail inspections.

The former is a relatively simple solution and the latter not so much, but regardless of scale, plumbing needs repair. If left alone, these problems can lead to a host of other problems, including wood rot and mold growth, to name a few.

If you find yourself in a situation where a property has not passed the inspection, you have a number of choices to make. When you buy the property, you have the option to have the repair (or the fee to carry out the repair) included in an addendum. Sellers have the option to comply with the request. If they don’t, buyers have the option to take their sincere money and walk away from the contract. The good news is that with proper maintenance, these issues can all be fixed prior to the home inspection phase. If you are a buyer, make sure the inspector checks these areas. If you’re a seller, these would be good places to start when getting your home ready for the market!

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