11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection

1. Defective Plumbing

Defective plumbing can manifest itself in two different ways: Leaking and clogging.

If water appears to be dirty when faucets are turned on, this may be an indication that the pipes are rusting which can result in severe water quality problems.

An inspector will also check the water pressure by turning on all of the faucets in the highest bathroom, and by flushing the toilet.

2. Damp or Wet Basement

Damp sections in any part of the home are not a good sign for home inspection. Inspectors will check your walls for dampness, they’ll also check for powdery white mineral deposits off the floor. Another sign of damp spots or water is a mildew odor that is almost impossible to eliminate.

3. Inadequate Wiring & Electrical

Inspectors will be looking to make sure that all of your electrical wiring is safe and properly executed. For example, the use of an octopus plug is an indication of inadequate circuits and this can be a potential fire hazard. Your home should have a minimum of 100 amps service, and this should be clearly marked.

4. Poor Heating & Cooling System

The most common causes of poor heating are insufficient insulation and an outdated heating system that no longer performs well. An inspector will also check the life span of your furnace, which should be between 15-25 years.

5. Roofing Problems

When shingles deteriorate and gutters leak, water can run down the exterior walls. Long-term effects of this problem can cause breakdown of the foundation, mold, poor insulation, etc. Inspectors will do a thorough check of all roofing elements to ensure each part is being maintained.

6. Damp Attic Spaces

Aside from a damp basement, issues with vapor barriers, ventilation and insulation can cause moisture, molds and mildews to form in the attic.  These problems can result in negative effects on the roof, structure and building so this will be thoroughly inspected.

7. Rotting Wood

This can be usually seen in many places like door and window frames, trims, sidings, deck and fences. Older homes are home susceptible to this problem, and this can be cause for critter problems, foundation problems and more.

8. Masonry Work

Rebricking can be costly, but if left unattended, can cause major problems with moisture and water penetration into the home. Fallen bricks may clog the chimney or even displace it, and inspectors will make sure that the masonry work is up to par to ensure you avoid foundational and leaking problems.

9. Unsafe or Overused Electrical Circuit

When more amperage is drawn on one specific circuit than what was intended, this can become a fire hazard. Inspectors will make sure that each circuit is only given the amount of amperage that it can handle safely.

10. Adequate Security Features

An inspector will look for basic security features that will protect your home such as proper locks on doors and windows, adequate escape routes and carbon monoxide detectors. Before purchasing or installing these security features, you should check with your local experts first.

11. Structural/Foundation Problems

An inspector will certainly check and investigate the underlying footing and foundation of your home, as the structural integrity is very fundamental. Any problems can be cause for imbalance in the flooring, deterioration and safety issues. 

Consider the information provided so that you know what home inspectors will be looking for in a safe and healthy home environment. Use the list to check for home issues that you can fix or can have a professional look at prior to your inspection.

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