This is one of the most common issues your home inspector will find and can be one of the most difficult to correct. When the property around the home doesn’t drain effectively, water and moisture drain towards your home instead of away from it. This can cause your foundation to move or crack, and the moisture can move up through the foundation into your home where it can cause mold and moisture damage in your walls. Most water and moisture damage in a home can be traced back to improper draining, so this is an issue that you should pay careful attention to.
2. Shoddy electrical wiring
Many homeowners have either taken it upon themselves to alter their electrical wiring, or hired an unqualified electrician to do the same. Aside from the obvious issue of having difficulty understanding how to control outlets and switches, this can be a serious fire hazard and should be promptly corrected by a licensed electrician. Especially if you’re considering an older home as the electrical wiring is likely to already be in poor condition due to years of use and alteration.
Faulty wiring connections, an inadequate number of outlets, exposed wiring, and a lack of overload protection are all common electrical issues that you may discover after your home inspection has been completed.
3. Aging roofing materials
When your roof is in poor shape, it’s another opportunity for damage causing moisture to enter your home. Whether the roofing materials have simply aged or were improperly installed in the first place, this can be a costly repair depending on the extent of the damage. If it’s possible to simply repair portions of the roof it can be more cost effective, but if the damage is significant it could be necessary to replace the roof entirely.
When purchasing a new home, or if you have concerns about your current home, it’s important to utilize an experienced home inspector who can help you identify and problem solve these common issues. Contact Super Inspection Pros today with questions or to schedule your new home inspection.