Before buying a new property, the pre-purchase home inspection is a very important piece of the process that can leave the buyer feeling a series of mixed emotions. Almost always, there a little thing here and there that need to be fixed or corrected and that if expected because no house is 100% perfect. But if you see any of the following problems arise from your home inspection… consider these red flags. The following is a list of defects that can be found in a home inspection that should leave you questioning the value of the property:

Foundation Problems

This is a major “no” when it comes to home inspections. Foundation problems are not cheap, fast or easy to fix. They often require major changes and work done to the home. Things like cracks in bricks or doors that cause them to be hard to open and close may be early signs of foundation problems within a home.

Wiring Issues

Older homes normally will face wiring issues more than a newer home would. A home inspector might find dated knob-and-tube wiring when inspecting an older home – this is a major fire hazard today. In the case that a home has knob-and-tube wiring, it can cost up to $30,000 to fix and requires completely removing and replacing the wiring with a grounded system. Wiring issues can be common to run into, but this specific kind of wiring issue is a red flag in the home inspection world.

Mold/ Mildew

Finding mold or mildew in a home has the words health hazard written all over it. If your home inspector finds any kind of mold or mildew be prepared for extensive work, deep cleaning, and lots of money to be put into this home to make it safe to live in.

Outdated Roof

The roof of a home is one of the most important parts of the structure, if there are problems found in the roof definitely ask for a rain check on buying this home. Every roof at some point is expected to need replacing but replacing the roof right after the homes been bought is not ideal. Fixing or replacing a roof can cost anywhere between the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. If your home inspector finds roof issues during the inspection, it is a good idea to hire a specialized roof inspector to let you know how deep you’ll have to dig into your pockets to fix the issue/s.

Bad Upgrades And Remodels

When homeowners go to remodel or upgrade their homes before putting them on the market, it is common for them to take the easy way out and go with options that look nice but may not be the most fundamentally functional. DIYing certain parts of a home can either work out really good or really bad and knowing the difference will make a big impact on the home inspection. Make sure to receive any disclosures from any upgrades or remodels that they did on the home along with proper permits. If anything is not up to par with what is permitted, definitely address the issues before signing the dotted line.