Things I’ve Seen
No house is perfect. Even the best built and best maintained homes will always have a few items in less than perfect condition show up on the inspection report. Below are some of the items I most commonly find when inspecting a home:
Most common in older homes, but often found in newer homes as well. Electrical hazards come in many forms, from ungrounded outlets to wiring done incorrectly by the homeowner.
Problems with roofing material, penetrations in the roof and flashing. Usually it doesn’t mean the roof needs replaced, simply that it is in need of maintenance or repair.
Caused by past or present leaks, ceiling stains are very common. It can be difficult to tell whether the stains are from leaks still present, or were caused by leaks which have since been repaired.
Caused by being wet for extended periods of time, most commonly found around tubs, showers and toilets inside, or roof eaves and trim outside.
Most gas furnaces seem to be in need of routine maintenance such as new filters. Many have other issues such as faulty operation or inadequate fire clearance as well.
Plumbing issues are the single most common defect I find. Typically this includes dripping faucets, leaking fixtures, slow drains etc…Even in brand new homes, it is common to identify minor plumbing defects.