prospective homeowners are wisely deciding to hire a professional
home inspector before buying a home. Some,
however, dont know what problems to expect a home
inspector to find. A major problem, such as one with the
foundation, is only one of the defects home inspectors look
for. There are many more common faults found by home inspectors.
homes will have some sort of problem with the roof. These
problems could be due to age, wear, or improper installation.
Homes with roof defects usually do not need a brand new
roof. Roof problems can usually be repaired before the home
Ceilings. Stains on the ceiling are a telltale sign
of past or current roof leaks. Some ceiling stains can be
leftover signs of previous roof problems that have since
been repaired. Others may be due to faulty plumbing.
Basements. Leaky basements are another problem home
inspectors often find. These leaks can be caused by faulty
drainage systems. Unfortunately, faulty drainage can do
a lot of damage to a home and can sometimes be hard to fix.
Remedies range from a simple regrading of the ground, or
adding roof gutters, to major, expensive improvements such
as installing French drains.
Electrical. Home inspectors find many problems besides
foundation-related defects when inspecting a homebuyers
prospective purchase. Older homes frequently have electrical
problems, such as ungrounded outlets, lack of shock protection
devices, and faulty wiring in electrical panels. These common
problems are often due to wiring that has been added or
changed by people who were not qualified electricians, however,
they are sometimes
the result of errors at the time of construction.
Rot. Wet wood can indicate a real problem to a home
inspector. If wood remains wet for long periods of time,
in roof eaves, exterior trim, decks, around tubs and showers,
or below loose toilets, fungus is likely to attack, causing
dry rot. This can cause
extensive damage to a home.
Garages. When homeowners tell the home inspector, We
added the garage without a permit, but it was all done to
code, this is usually an undeniable admission that
building violations have occurred. It is impossible for
the average person who has no construction knowledge to
know the entire building code. Firewalls, which are specially
built and fire-resistant, have been required since 1927
for walls and doors that separate a garage from a home.
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