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Common Issues Found in a Home Inspection

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Common Issues Found in a Home Inspection

Buying a home is the biggest decision and largest purchase you will make in your lifetime. It is too easy to find a home that you love and put the money down to hold the house right now. However, the dream home can have a lot of faults when the home inspection is complete. Here are some of the common findings during a home inspection. These findings may not keep you from purchasing the home, but you will want to find out if the seller will repair it, or you will be left footing the bill. Structural No one wants to live in a house that has structural issues unless they can confirm that they are minor and fixable. Houses settle and hairline cracks form, which is normal. On the other hand, cracks that are greater than ⅛ inches or offset cracks can be a sign of a more serious problem. Within the structure of a home, it is important to control moisture. Rick Yerger, a renowned home inspector, says that when the home inspector checks the structure and foundation, he/she will be looking at the weep screed. Weep screed is along the base of the exterior wall and must be visible for water to drain to the exterior. An inspection might find that it is covered, and unfortunately, that will cause water and moisture problems for the home in the future.

Electrical Wiring

Newer homes have more electrical outlets, thus cutting down on the number of extension cords throughout the house. However, older homes have fewer outlets and may have more chords to hook up appliances, etc. and can cause fires. Furthermore, outdated electrical wiring can also be a fire hazard which is flagged during the home inspection. Outdated electrical wiring can be cloth wiring, knob & tube, or aluminum wiring; all of which most likely will need to be replaced.

Moisture and Drainage

Janet Wickell of the, says that one of the most common finds in the presence of damp areas and mold in basements and crawl spaces. In the Belmont, Charlotte & Denver, NC areas, home inspectors are looking for the presence of these in the home. As mentioned previously, an important component of a home is to properly control moisture. Moisture is the number one destroyer of homes since it can lead to much bigger issues like mold.

Roof Problems

The roof is an important area for the home inspector to check, as this is what keeps us dry and provides shelter. An inspection commonly finds roofs that are not properly installed or leak. Some sellers don’t want to be responsible for the expense but should understand they might need to be in order to sell the home. Sewer System Replacement and Age of the HomeH2 The age of the home gives a home inspector an idea of the type of plumbing and wiring in the home. For example, older sewer lines (before the 1960s) might have tree roots growing inside them, they might be cracked, or they could be rusting. Replacing the sewer in the home is very costly and something to think about when negotiating the price of the home with the seller if this turns out to be an issue.

Furnace Issues

A faulty furnace will not keep a house warm in the cold weather months. On average, a new air conditioning and heating system could cost $4,000, therefore, this is something you definitely want to keep an eye on. A home inspector inspects the unit through a multitude of factors like age and maintenance. In addition, an inspector will look for how well the unit is cooling down or heating the air. If the HVAC unit is not cooling/heating well or cooling/heating too well, it might be recommended to service the unit.


A home inspector's job is to find the areas that are in great condition, but also for the buyer to have peace of mind. The home inspection report is thorough and a great piece of information for you to see the areas that need to be fixed, updated, and decide if the home will be right for you. As there are “more fish in the sea” there are more houses available if the one you want has too many issues to fix.