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           Why Should I Have A Home Inspection?

    A standard pre-purchase inspection covers a home's major mechanical systems - electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling - and its construction from roof to foundation, exterior and interior.  The average homebuyer lacks the overall knowledge, skill and emotional detachment needed to inspect the home themselves.  A disclosure on the physical condition of the home is to be provided by the seller or real estate agent.  Many times problems exist that are not known by the current homeowner or the real estate agent.  A licensed home inspector can uncover these hidden problems and save you thousands of dollars down the road.

      Top 10 Common Defects

    1.  Poor drainage - You may have to install new roof gutters and downspouts or have the lot re-graded to better channel water away from the house.

    2.  Faulty wiring -  Insufficient or out-of-date electrical system is a common problem, especially in older homes.  Faulty wiring can be a potentially hazardous defect.  You may have to replace the entire electrical system or at least part of it, to bring the home up to code or make it safe.

    3.  Roof leaks - If the roof has water damage, it may be caused by old or damaged shingles. It may be cheap and relatively easy to repair shingles and small amounts of flashing, but if the roof is old, it will be a much larger expense to replace the entire roof.

    4.  Unsafe heating system - An older heating system or one that has not been properly maintained can be a serious health and safety hazard.  You may have to repair or replace the old furnace.  This is a major expense, but new furnaces are more energy-efficient.

    5.  Poor home maintenance - Examples of poor maintenance included cracked or peeling paint, crumbling masonry, broken fixtures, makeshift electrical or plumbing, etc.  These items can be easily repaired, but items that create safety issues may necessitate more extensive repairs. 

    6.  Minor structural damage - Such damage is caused by water seepage.  Into the foundation, joists, rafters or window and door headers.  The source of the water seepage and the damaged items must be repaired before the damage becomes more extensive. 

    7. Plumbing problems - The most common plumbing defects include old or incompatible piping materials and faulty fixture waste lines.  These may require simple repairs or more expensive repair, such as replacing the plumbing itself.

    8. Exterior water seepage - The house's exterior lets in water and air around doors and windows.  This usually does not indicate a structural problem, but rather poor caulking and weather stripping.  These are usually relatively simple and inexpensive repairs. 

    9. Inadequate ventilation - Poor ventilation can result in too much moisture that creates many problems on interior walls and structural elements.  It can also create allergic reactions.  Poor ventilation is extremely harmful in crawl and attic space and is a leading cause of mold and mildew and structural damage. 

    10.  Environmental hazard - Environmental problems are a new and growing area of home defects.  Interior air quality can be affected by Asbestos, formaldehyde, radon gas, etc.  The presence of any of these particulates can cause serious health issues. 

     

     

     

     

                                                                              

     
     
             

     

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