Getting a home inspection before you purchase a home is necessary to ensure what you are purchasing—and what you are paying—is as expected. Most home inspections are conducted without finding major issues; usually, its minor repairs or noting the age of certain parts of the home that will need repair or replacement soon. Major issues are usually obvious, and the description of homes accurately portray the condition of the home and are priced as such. However, some homes can look ok on the outside and have major, worrisome issues. A home inspection will help you to go into the sale of the home with a full picture of what you are getting yourself into.
After a home inspection is complete, these are some of the things you hope aren’t an issue as they can lead you to starting your house hunting over—or can be used to get a great deal on the cost of the home if you don’t mind putting in the effort to fix them.
1. Foundation Issues:
Homes can “settle” and form cracks—and most of these are non-concerning. This can be more prevalent in older homes than in new construction and are noted in the home inspection report along with details on how much you should concern yourself with them.
Major foundation issues, like noticeable slant to the walls or floors or the house appears to be sagging or sinking—these are the foundation issues you don’t want to come across. They are also more obvious to notice in many cases and buyers are able to walk away before even having to consider an inspection. Some homes, the foundation concern relates to severe settling and cracks in the subfloor and are missed during buyer walk throughs of the home. These foundation issues rely on a professional eye to determine the issue is present and the extent of the concern.
2. Water Leakage Or Damage:
Finding water damage or a source of water leakage can lead to expensive repairs if you follow through on the sale of the home. Finding water stains on the ceiling or walls of a home are proof that water, at some point, enter the home. A home inspection can help to identify two things—if the leakage issue has been resolved and if any further damage aside from an aesthetic one is present, like mold or wood rot.
3. Roof Issues
Roofs are expensive to replace, and some repair or patch jobs can get a little pricey depending on the extent of the damage present. In addition, since it a vital system in protect your home against the elements, damage here can be an indicator of damage elsewhere in the home. Looking at the roof from the outside during a home walk through isn’t enough to know the condition of the roof or how much longer it will protect against elements.
4. Rats—Or Worse
Homes are typically thoroughly cleaned and prepared to have prospective buyers walk through and examine the aesthetics of the home. Signs of rats, mice, or other vermin may not be visible in major areas like living rooms or kitchens; however, signs of their presence may be discovered during a home inspection in the crawlspace or attic.
Rodents can require the attention of a professional exterminator and may or may not scare off a potential buyer. If left untreated, these critters can cause damage to the home, especially the wiring.
Other unwanted creatures that can pose a larger risk are termites. The presence of termites can squash any hope for a homeowner to sell. That’s because termites eat away at the structure of the home and require extermination. Then the damage areas must be repaired or replaced and must be continued for termite prevention—because what is the point of getting rid of them, rebuilding what they have been eating away at and simply allowing them to return. Termites are an ongoing concern that turn away many buyers.