Top 10: The Most Common Home Inspection Issues

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A home inspection is a process that most of the people who have ever been involved in the real estate transaction are fully aware of. Even when the buyer and seller may believe the home to be completely unique, it is the home inspectors who find the defects to protect the both. Therefore, underestimating the value of a home inspection is not considered quite wise.

The truth is, no home is perfect, not even a newly constructed one. All homes are said to have certain amount of flaws. Therefore, every buyer and seller should always be prepared to see some recommended repairs on the report for the most common issues. Here, take a look at the top 10 common home defects identified by them. No home insurance claims process can be made with these issues.

1. Flawed electrical wiring
When it comes to an old home, worn out or outdated system along with the homeowner’s additions are one of the most common defects to be dealt with. Apart from them, the other electrical problems are specifically related to safety such as inadequate overload protection, which is also one of the causes of residential fires.

2. Roofing problems
Roof is that one part of the house which usually goes unnoticed, but it still ages with the rest of the house. Therefore, always pay attention to the signs of aging such as cupping, curling, lifting, blistering, splitting, insect damage, rotting, cracking and missing sections of the roof. These are the warning signs of the future water intrusion unless a brand new roof is installed.

3. Poor ventilation
In order to save energy, a lot of home owners over seal their homes without realizing the consequences. This is what leads to excessive interior moisture, which in turn leads to rotting and failure of both the structural and non-structural elements. Bathroom vent fans installed into the attic instead of the exterior of the home is a perfect example of the same.

4. Improper grading
The land on which the home is to be built, if it is not graded properly the water doesn't drain as it should and ends up standing near the foundation. This causes a multitude of problems at a later stage ranging from rotting wood frames to shifting and cracking of the home's foundation. Once noted on a home inspection, it is understood that the repairs will be costly.

5. Faulty plumbing issues
When the home is equipped with a high quality plumbing system, it gets technically invisible. And, even more, difficult to spot a problem when the line is faulty with issues such as pipe leaks. However, the other common defects include an outdated system or problematic system such as polybutylene which can be repaired often, but sometimes require a total system replacement.

6. Defective heating /cooling systems
It is always recommended to get them serviced annually to ensure everything is in good condition, they are safe to use and are in a proper working order. Despite that, the common defect items in this category include broken or malfunctioning controls, blocked chimneys, improper installations and unsafe exhaust disposal.

7. Flawed exteriors
Flaws in this category are usually related to windows, door and wall surfaces that rarely have a structural significance. But, they pose the ability to make the occupants uncomfortable due to air or water penetration. The most common culprit for such situations are the inadequate caulking or weather stripping.

8. Poor exterior drainage
Water damage is a huge risk in areas with poor drainage. Therefore, it becomes mandatory to verify that each home you consider has an adequate drainage such as roof gutters & downspouts. Else, clogged or poorly maintained gutters can lead to expensive repair work as well as mold infestation inside the house.

9. Chimney & fireplaces
Homes with fireplaces or chimneys should always have a professional inspection performed. However, they are still inspected by good home inspectors. The most common finding from the inspections are issues with the chimney flashing. Others include, missing mortar, missing chimney cap or cracked tiles in the chimney flue.

10. Bad insulation
Modern insulation is the best way to keep the temperature of the home comfortable. But, in the older homes, builders never insulated adequately. Therefore, this is quite common in the older homes, they do not have the same energy efficiency due to the lack of proper insulation in the walls and sometimes even in the attic as well.

All these common problems which may not sound big enough to make you worry, but they totally are and need immediate attention. But, before you get going and begin with the repairs do not forget to first notify your insurance solutions company. For the insurance claims, make a detailed inventory of the damaged property. And, do ensure that no additional damage is caused after the initial home insurance claim.

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