Don't Forget To Check These Major Areas That Fail Home Inspections
Nobody ever said that buying a home was easy. Between the time it takes searching through listings, meeting with prospective sellers, and writing up contracts, people are almost always happy once the final closing is complete. Our point is, avoiding any slowdowns or roadblocks during the process is going to be the most beneficial, especially when the country is still being hit hard by COVID-19 and its effects. During the home sale process, one major step that people need to consider is the home inspection. A failed home inspection can cost you time and money down the road, especially during the pandemic. Here are the common areas that fail a home inspection and how to avoid them.
Water Draining Toward the Home
One major issue that can cause long term damage is if the house is on a grade that causes water to drain towards the home rather than away from it. If the water is draining incorrectly, your home is susceptible to water damage and flooding, both of which can be extremely expensive to clean up and repair. An inspection can help detect if your home is on an improper slope or if there are any other factors that can cause water damage, like poorly constructed flashing behind the walls.
Poor plumbing goes far beyond bad water pressure. Cracked, damaged, or old pipes can leave your home at risk for water damage if there were to be a leak or a cracked pipe. Leaks, moreso, can cause water related issues like rotting wood and mold, which can lead to health and safety hazards. Home inspections amid coronavirus might seem like a hassle, but a home with a neglected plumbing system is much worse.
Rotting Wood and Termites
We’ve talked about potential water damage that can lead to rotting wood and foundation issues, but what if the house already shows these issues? Rotting wood can be caused by a variety of things, but the two most common culprits are termites and moisture. Some of the places where inspectors look for wood damage are the roof, siding, windows, doors, and other important structures that are built with wooden materials.
HVAC and Electrical Issues
Not only is poor heating and ventilation uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous if left unchecked. A home inspector will check out the HVAC systems to see if everything is functioning properly and to make sure that there is no risk for electrical issues or gas leaks. Further, they’ll also check for proper ventilation to protect you against carbon monoxide poisoning! These issues are more common in older homes, but can also pop up in those that were built in the past few years.
Electrical issues are also of concern. The inspector will check the wiring, poor wire insulation, overcurrent protection, and more. Because a large amount of house fires in the country are caused by faulty wiring, having the inspector due a thorough check of the electrical systems in the house is a must to keep you and your family safe.
Our company knows the importance of thorough home inspections in keeping your soon-to-be home safe and comfortable. To learn more about our services and our commitment to our customers, give us a call today!