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11 Things you need to know to pass your Home Inspection

Thursday, November 11, 2021   /   by Laura Larson

11 Things you need to know to pass your Home Inspection

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You don't want any unpleasant surprises when you place your house on the market since they could cost you the sale. Although homebuyers are as diverse as the properties they wish to purchase, one trait they always share is a desire to guarantee that the property they call home is as good on the inside as it is on the outside. Some might wonder if the roof will eventually leak. Is the wiring safe for you to use? What's the matter with the plumbing? These are some of the questions that buyers may seek professional assistance to answer, among others.

If you know what you're looking for, you can usually do a thorough pre-inspection on your own. And understanding what you're looking for can help you avoid minor issues turning into costly and serious ones. We've compiled a list of the 11 most common, so take notes and prepare to be surprised!

Number one, defective plumbing. 

Leaky pipes and clogged drains are two common symptoms of faulty plumbing. If you hear rushing water, your pipes are probably too small. When you first turn on the tap, the water appears muddy. This is a clear sign that the pipes are rusting, which can lead to major water quality issues.

Number two, Damp or Wet Basement.

An inspector will look for a powdery white mineral layer a few inches above the floor on your walls and ask if you feel safe storing objects on your basement floor. A mildew odor is nearly impossible to eradicate, and the inspector will be well aware of it. Repairing a fracture in or around your basement foundation might cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000, depending on the size and location of the crack. Adding a sump pump and pit to your property could cost $750-$1,000, and full waterproofing could cost $5,000-$15,000 for an average home of three bedrooms. These data will have to be factored into your estimate of the price you wish to spend on your home.

Number three, Inadequate Wiring & Electrical.

Your home should have a minimum of 100 amp operation, and this should be clearly stated.  The wire should be supposed to be copper or aluminum. Home inspectors will see octopus plugs as evidence of defective connections and a possible fire hazard.

Number four, Poor Heating & Cooling Systems.

The most prevalent causes of inadequate heating are insufficient insulation and insufficient or malfunctioning heating systems. While a clean furnace with no rust on the heat exchanger usually has a long life ahead of it, the inspector will inquire and examine to see if your furnace has a standard life expectancy of 15 to 25 years. The heat exchanger in a forced air gas device will be scrutinized closely since a faulty heat exchanger can leak lethal carbon monoxide into the house. If these heat exchangers are broken, they must be replaced; they cannot be repaired.

Number five, Roofing Problems.

Water leakage through the roof can be caused by a variety of factors, including physical degradation of the asphalt shingles, curling or curling, splitting, or windstorm damage. When gutters leak and downspouts allow water to flow down and through the outside walls, this external problem transforms into a major internal one.

Number six, Damp Attic Spaces.

Dust, moisture, mold, and mildew can build in the attic due to problems with ventilation, insulation, and vapor barriers, in addition to basement dampness. Roofs, structures, and construction materials may be subjected to early wear as a result of this. Repairing this damage might potentially set you back $2,500.

Number seven, Rotting Wood.

This can happen in a variety of places, including door and window frames, trim, siding, decks, and fences. A building inspector may evaluate the wood to see if it is present, especially if it has recently been painted.

Number eight, masonry work.

Rebricking can be expensive, however, left unattended, such repairs can cause issues with water and moisture infiltration into the building, which may lead to a chimney being clogged by falling bricks or even a chimney falling on the roof.  It may be expensive to repair a chimney or to have it changed.

Number nine, Unsafe or Overfused Electrical Circuit.

A fire hazard is created when more amperage is drawn on the circuit than was intended. The 15-amp circuits are the most common in a typical household, with larger service for large appliances such as stoves and dryers. It will cost you a few hundred dollars to replace your fuse panel with a circuit panel.

Number ten, Adequate Security Features.

Other than a purchased security device, an inspector can search for simple safety features to secure your house, such as proper locks on windows and patio doors, dead door bolts, smoke, and even carbon monoxide detectors in every bedroom and on every floor.  And if the price varies, these components will add to the costs. You can consult with your local experts before buying or installing.

And last on the list, Structural/Foundation Problems.

The inspector will investigate the structure and structure of  your house, as the structural integrity of your house, is important.  When you put your home on the market, you don’t want any unwanted surprises that might have cost you the selling of your house.  So that’s it for the list of things you need to know to pass your home inspection!

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