Investing in a house can be the starting point for building fond family memories. However, a memory every home owner does not want to experience is the day they regret ever purchasing that home. Why would they regret it? Because they didn’t take the proactive approach of undertaking a home inspection first. Many home owners, often first time buyers, make the grievous decision of ignoring the inspection process. What they seem to be unaware of is the common problems that occur during a home inspection, especially in older homes! I’m going to cover the 7 most overlooked complications that could show up in your home and why you should trust a home inspector to uncover these issues.
1. Faulty Electrical
Improper DIY electrical work is a prevalent problem, if not the most prevalent, found when walking through a home inspection. This is a safety hazard that needs to be taken seriously. A problem with the electrical system will require immediate attention. They aren’t extremely costly to fix so, if anything, please make this your first priority to amend.
2. Plumbing Problems
This is another common issue that can arise during an inspection. Leakage and, just like electrical, outdated systems are the easiest to discover. The plumbing might also have been constructed with harmful materials like lead, which is something I recommend you replace. Usually a small repair or adjustment can alleviate the issue, but on rare occasions a complete system replacement will need to be implemented.
3. Defective or Aging Heating and Cooling Systems
Annual service to ensure your systems work in ideal fashion is recommended, but if the heating and cooling is already problematic…that might be ineffective. An example of a simple and fixable problem would be a dirty heating system, you can have it easily cleaned, solving the scenario. But if you run into a blocked chimney or exhausted systems, have it looked at immediately as those issues often lead to high CO levels. At some point, all this equipment will have to be replaced. Buyers don’t want to move in and learn they are stuck with a several thousand dollar bill to replace the heating cooling system.
4. Improper Ventilation
Inefficient air circulation can cause excessive utility costs and an uncomfortable environment for homeowners. Basements are common spaces where this complaint arises, as well as attics. Dehumidifiers and checking to see that vents are not blocked off will usually remedy the problem. Just be sure that it does get looked after since improper ventilation can lead to moisture damage and mold.
5. Poor Roofing
Aged and worn out roofing surfaces are common in older homes. Improperly installed roofing frequently shows up in both newer and older homes when untrained homeowners do the job themselves. Occasionally professional roofers cutting corners leave flaws that could cause significant and costly damage in the future. This is also something that the seller should be aware of before they put their house up on the market; a roof that needs replacing will usually be a deal breaker for seeking buyers.
6. Lousy Exterior Maintenance
At Building Pro, we look at both the interior and exterior of the household. Fascia, missing or rotted exterior pieces, is generally the most obvious issue to be found. Other things to be aware of is improper ventilation, which shortens the lifespan of your roof, and structural faults that could cause large amounts of damage in the future (i.e. flooding, safety hazards, etc.) Often it is the neglected minor maintenance, if not done, that can quickly become a serious and costly future problem.
7. Unsatisfactory Sub Grading and Drainage
Foundation movement is the most frequent problem that arises from improperly installed sub grading and drainage. Other issues to be found are rotting walls, mold, door and window gaps due to foundation movement – the list goes on. Fixing this problem now will keep future costs (that can add up quick) at bay in the future!
If you are worried about any of these complications popping up after purchasing your home, then we recommend hiring a home inspector as soon as possible. Having a licensed home inspector to investigate your home, whether you’re the buyer or seller, can remedy the stress of unforeseen events occurring down the road. You’ll be able to make the best decision possible with a wealth of knowledge behind you. For help identifying problems and recommendations on how to fix them, you can move forward in the buying process with confidence – call Building Pro Inspections for a quote today or book an appointment online. Don’t wait until the last minute and feel confident that you’re moving into a well looked after home.