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Did Your Home Inspection Find These Common Problems?

Updated on January 21, 2014

Home Buying Tips

When shopping for a house, this means hiring a qualified home inspector to give the house a through once over. This article gives some tips from some of the country’s top inspectors. They have noted the following as the most commonly found problems during a home inspection. In your home inspection, make sure you are taking note of:

  • Roof: Roofing material ages and wears, which can lead to water damage. Replacing a worn roof can save much more money down the road. What is the status of the roof?
  • Electric: Faulty or exposed wiring can lead to home fires. Similarly, running extension cords from room to room can overload older electrical systems. If any of these are present, it would be wise to consult with an electrician.
  • Drainage: Grade sloping back toward the home could cause water damage, foundation issues, rot and mold. Look for windows that are out of square, gaps around doors or visibly out of level flooring.
  • Stucco: When applied correctly, stucco homes are equipped with a component called a weep screed at the base of exterior walls, which prevents water from seeping in. But oftentimes, concrete is poured too high and the weep screed is buried, which can lead to water damage.
  • Pipes: Orangeberg sewer piping, made of paper mache when all iron was used for WWII efforts, may be found in homes that were built between 1942 and 1958. ABS piping, made of recycled plastic, may be found in homes that were built between 1984 and 1990. Both types of piping have been known to crack or fail completely. The cost of replacement is extremely high and it’s recommended that you do not purchase a home with either type of piping present.
  • Insulation: Inadequate insulation and poor ventilation can significantly increase utility costs. Luckily, it’s an easy job to install more insulation.
  • Heating/Cooling: Poor maintenance of heating/cooling systems is a very common problem that can cause a lack of output, high utility costs and even fires.
  • Minor Structural Damage: While broken trusses and similar minor structural damages are commonly found, they usually do not present an imminent safety hazard. However, quick repairs are recommended before a minor problem becomes a major, more expensive problem.

We hope these tips prove to be invaluable to you in your search for a new home. As independent insurance agents, our goal is to educate others home insurance so they can be wise in their decisions. To learn more about protecting your house and family, give your independent insurance agent a call today.

Author Notes

Darmini Kara, SEO coordinator at ITC, write blogs about Grand Rapids Home Insurance, Carlsbad Home Insurance and Austin Home Insurance.


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