“Common” Home Inspection Findings

Dated: August 31 2021

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You’ve found the home that is the perfect fit for you, sent an offer to the seller, and the offer was accepted! You’re now in the ‘under contract’ stage of the home buying process. During this time there will be paperwork, mortgage applications, talks with your lender and agent, and inspections! I’ve even got a blog on how to choose the right home for you and your family that you can check out here.

 

Inspections are an important part of the process and might seem a little scary at first. You’ve found a home you love… but what could the inspections reveal about your soon-to-be new property? I’m going to cover all of the most common findings from home inspections so you can rest a little easier knowing that if these show up on your inspections it is OK! Keep in mind that a real estate transaction won’t move forward if the buyer isn’t satisfied with an acceptable home inspection report, so make sure to discuss the findings with your agent and he or she will guide you through the next action steps! 

 

Frayed/damaged/not up-to-code electrical wiring

There are a few different electrical issues that frequently pop up on home inspections. Frayed or damaged wiring will need to be replaced because it makes the home unsafe. A majority of house fires are started by damaged wiring, so this is a pretty important fix that needs to be addressed.

 If you or the home inspector see lots of extension cords throughout the home, this means that there are not enough outlets to support the number of electrical devices being used. The use of multiple extension cords on a day-to-day basis is also a fire risk, and they are only supposed to be used sparingly. Seeing a lot of extension cords in a home is always a bad sign. 

Some other frequent electrical wiring issue is outlets with reversed polarity and double tapped breakers. Outlets with reversed polarity happen when ‘HOT’ and ‘NEUTRAL’ wires are placed on the wrong terminal on the outlet. Breakers with a double tap have two electrical circuits attached to one breaker and are considered a fire hazard. These are both easy fixes!

Example of a double tapped breaker.

 

Plumbing issues

Plumbing leaks will often show up on home inspections. Leaks can be caused by anything from broken seals to incorrect fittings or rusted pipes. Plumbing leaks will usually only require a simple fix, but in some cases it can mean replacing the entire plumbing system.

Older homes can tend to have problems with water pressure. This is caused by having a galvanized water main that has corroded on the inside and decreased the water pressure. Many new homes are now having copper water main lines installed to combat the water pressure problem. 

Slow drainage may show up on an inspection report, as well, which is why it is important to turn on all the taps, showers, and toilets when you are walking through a home. You don’t want to get blindsided by the home inspection once you are already under contract.

 

Example of galvanized pipe that causes low water pressure. 

 

Water damage

Water damage can mean a lot of different things. Are there issues on the inside or the outside of the house? Is it a roofing problem, a siding problem, plumbing problem, or a drainage problem? The thing to be on the lookout for when you are walking through a home is spots of water damage on ceilings, floors, walls, and a moldy or mildew smell. If you see any of these signs when you walk through, it is wise to hire a home inspector that will check for moisture and mold. 

 

Water damage on a ceiling.

 

Grade sloping/inadequate drainage 

Telltale signs of improper drainage are spongy dirt up against the outside of the house and water leaks in the basement. When dirt outside of the home slopes down towards the walls, there is a definite drainage issue going on. The water will collect along the sides of the home and can cause rot and leaks. Water needs to be able to drain away from your home to prevent it from getting inside. 

Signs of grade sloping underneath the house are windows that look tilted or not completely square, large gaps in between doors and their door frames, doors that swing open on their own when left ajar, and floors that have a visible slope. 

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Brice Ebert

Manhattan, KS: Brice Ebert of Resource Real Estate Group was featured in the Kansas Edition of Top Agent Magazine in January 2021. Top Agent Magazine is the premier real estate magazine featuring the ....

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