When purchasing a home, one of the most important steps is ordering an inspection before closing. A professional inspector will identify issues with the property that may not be apparent to the untrained eye. From faulty wiring and plumbing problems to safety issues like mold growth and asbestos, a home inspection will discover concerns. Here are some of the most common issues found during a home inspection.
Issues Found During a Home Inspection: Structural Problems
Some structural issues can be difficult to spot, so hire an inspector to verify the foundation and framing are up to code. Common concerns include cracked or uneven walls, soft or shifting floors, roof leaks, bowed or rotted support beams, and sagging roofs. These issues can be costly to repair. Some homebuyers request the seller address major issues before signing a contract.
Issues with the Electrical System
Faulty wiring, outdated electrical systems, overloaded circuits, and exposed wires can be major problems contributing to serious injury or a fire. During the home inspection, your inspector will note these issues and may recommend repairs.
From leaks in pipes to clogged drains and septic systems, plumbing problems can be difficult and costly to repair and may lead to mold growth. An inspector will identify any problems with the plumbing. As the buyer, you’ll be better informed about the condition of the property and can make plans for repairs.
Safety Concerns like Mold and Asbestos
Older homes may contain asbestos-based building materials, including insulation, siding, and flooring, which can cause long-term health issues if not properly removed. A home inspector will be able to identify hazards like mold growth and asbestos and provide advice on how to remove them safely.
Pest Infestation Issues Found in a Home Inspection
Some pest infestations, such as termites and wood-boring insects, can cause extensive damage to a home if left unchecked. A trained inspector can spot signs of a pest infestation. Some insects lead to significant problems in a property, so it’s helpful to know if the home you’re buying has insect damage.
A home inspection is essential for any homebuyer. The inspector will identify issues so you’re well-informed before closing on the house. By understanding what problems you may face down the road, you can make an informed decision about whether to purchase the property.
R. Sorensen Construction and Inspections provides home inspections in Eastern Oregon. Contact us to request our services.