Selling a home can be a long and stressful process. You’ve found a buyer for your home and signed a contract. The next step in the process is home inspection. Many contracts include a contingency that allows the buyer to back out if serious problems are found during inspection. You know your home and you think it’s just fine, but maybe a professional with a less sentimental eye might see it differently. Your Realtor may also have some suggestions that are specific to your home.
A professional home inspection will reveal a lot about a home. Besides learning about the mechanical operations of your home the inspection will reveal any obvious defects. A recent national survey of home inspectors revealed what are some of the most common issues found during home inspections. Addressing some of these issues prior to listing your property for sale may reduce the stress of an inspection. Some of the issues are but not limited to the following:
- Improper surface grading and drainage. This was by far the most frequently found problem.
- Improper and undersized electrical wiring. Many inspectors, about 20 percent, found this to be the most common home inspection problem.
- Older and damaged roofs. About nine percent of inspectors cited this as the most-common home inspection problem.
- Deficient and older heating systems. Problems include broken or malfunctioning controls, blocked chimneys, unsafe exhaust flues and cracked heat exchangers.
- Poor overall maintenance including cracked, peeling or dirty painted surfaces, crumbling masonry, make-shift wiring or plumbing.
- Damage to structural components such as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters or window and door headers.
- Plumbing defects including the existence of old or incompatible piping materials, faulty fixtures and waste lines and improperly strapped hot water heaters.
- Exteriors items such as doors and wall surfaces, inadequate caulking and/or poor weather stripping.
- Whether you are buying a home, preparing to sell your home or looking to maximize your home improvement budget, be sure your inspector has thoroughly covered all of these areas in their report. It is also recommended that you have a list of questions regarding the inspection for your inspector.