Friday, March 9, 2018 / by Ruth Ballantyne
“According to industry experts, there are at least 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a
home inspection when your home is for sale. Here are 11 things you should
know about if you’re planning to put your home up for sale.”While homebuyers are as
individual as the homes
they plan on purchasing,one thing they share is a desire to
ensure that the home they will call their own is as good beneath
the surface as it appears to be. Will the roof end up leaking? Is
the wiring safe? What about the plumbing? These, and others, are the questions that the buyers looking at your home will seek professional help to answer.
According to industry experts, there are at least 33 physical
problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection.
We’ve identified the 11 most common of these, and if not identified
and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in
terms of repair.
In most cases, you can make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself
if you know what you’re looking for. And knowing what
you’re looking for can help you prevent little problems from
growing into costly and unmanageable ones.
11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection
? Defective Plumbing
Defective plumbing can manifest itself in
two different ways: leaking and clogging.
A visual inspection can detect leaking, and
an inspector will gauge water pressure by
turning on all faucets in the highest bathroom
and then flushing the toilet.
If you hear the sound of running water, it
indicates that the pipes are undersized. If
the water appears dirty when first turned on
at the faucet, this is a good indication that
the pipes are rusting, which can result in
severe water quality problems.
? Damp orWet Basement
An inspector will check your walls for a
powdery white mineral deposit a few inches
off the floor and will look to see if you feel
secure enough to store things right on your
basement floor. A mildew odor is almost
impossible to eliminate, and an inspector
will certainly be conscious of it.
It could cost you $200-$1,000 to seal a
crack in or around your basement foundation
depending on severity and location. Adding
a sump pump and pit could run you around
$750 - $1,000, and complete waterproofing
(of an average 3 bedroom home) could
amount to $5,000-$15,000. You will have to
weigh these figures into the calculation of
what price you want to net on your home.
? Inadequate Wiring &
Your home should have a minimum of 100
amps service, and this should be clearly
marked. Wires should be copper or aluminum.
Home inspectors will look at octopus plugs as
indicative of inadequate circuits and a
potential fire hazard.
? Poor Heating & Cooling
Insufficient insulation and an inadequate or a
poorly functioning heating system are the
most common causes of poor heating. While
an adequately clean furnace without rust on
the heat exchanger usually has life left in it,
an inspector will be asking and checking to
see if your furnace is over its typical life span
of 15-25 yrs. For a forced air gas system, a
heat exchanger will come under particular
scrutiny since one that is cracked can emit
deadly carbon monoxide into the home. These
heat exchangers must be replaced if damaged -
they cannot be repaired.
? Roofing Problems
Water leakage through the roof can occur for a
variety of reasons such as physical deterioration
of the asphalt shingles (e.g. curling or
splitting) or mechanical damage from a wind
storm. When gutters leak and downspouts
allow water to run down and through the exterior
walls, this external problem becomes a
major internal one.
? Damp Attic Spaces
Aside from basement dampness, problems
with ventilation, insulation and vapor barriers
can cause water, moisture, mold and mildew
to form in the attic. This can lead to premature
wear of the roof, structure and building
materials. The cost to fix this damage could
easily run over $2,500.
? Rotting Wood
This can occur in many places (door or window
frames, trim, siding, decks and fences).
The building inspector will sometimes probe
the wood to see if this is present - especially
when wood has been freshly painted.
? Masonry Work
Rebricking can be costly, but these repairs left
unattended can cause problems with water
and moisture penetrating into the home which
in turn could lead to a chimney being clogged
by fallen bricks or even a chimney which
falls onto the roof. It can be costly to rebuild
a chimney or to have it repointed.
? Unsafe or Overfused
A fire hazard is created when more amperage
is drawn on the circuit than was intended. 15
amp circuits are the most common in a typical
home, with larger service for large appliances
such as stoves and dryers. It can cost
several hundred dollars to replace your fuse
panel with a circuit panel.
? Adequate Security Features
More than a purchased security system, an
inspector will look for the basic safety features
that will protect your home such as
proper locks on windows and patio doors,
dead bolts on the doors, smoke and even carbon
monoxide detectors in every bedroom
and on every level. Even though pricing will
vary, these components will add to your
costs. Before purchasing or installing, you
should check with your local experts.
An inspector will certainly investigate the
underlying footing and foundation of your
home as structural integrity is fundamental
to your home.
When you put your home on the
market, you don’t want any
unpleasant surprises that could cost
you the sale of your home.
By having an understanding of
these 11 problem areas as you walk
through your home, you’ll be
arming yourself against future