5 Red Flags Home Inspectors Look For

In today's crazy real estate market a lot of people are waving the home inspection but not everyone. Home inspections are still one of the number one ways to find out as much as possible about the integrity and structural condition of the home. It's definitely something that should be considered when making an offer and choosing to buy a home. The last thing you want is to have thousands of dollars worth of repairs after you've already signed on the dotted line.5 Red flags to look for when having a home inspection

Home inspectors typically specialize in one or two areas such as septic, roofs, electrical, or plumbing but can offer general information and accuracy about all components of the home. When you hire a home inspector, it's always a good idea to accompany them through the property asking questions, finding out as much as you can about your investment, and is have a general idea of the type of situations you may have to deal with in the future. But there are red flags. Red flags definitely should be cause for pause. If situations are too dramatic, it may be time to walk away from the deal unless the seller is willing to fix the issues. Here are five red flags to look for in a home inspection.

#1. Faulty roof.

Damage to the roof can be costly and a complete roof replacement can cost upwards of $10,000 or more so it's definitely something to consider if the roof is having issues. Damage to the roof or shingles can affect the safety of the overall structure of the home. Inspectors will typically look for loss of texture on shingles, missing or loose shingles, curled shingles, rust on flashings, excessive moss or algae growth, unevenness or soft spots, and any moisture in the attic or ceiling. Talk to the inspector about any extensive repairs and costly replacements before deciding on whether this is a property for you or not.

#2. Water damage and mold.

Water damage and mold can wreak havoc on a home. Inspectors will carefully look at the plumbing, foundation, roof, windows, and anywhere moisture can seep inside the house. An inspector will check for moisture in the attic or the ceiling, any bubbling or peeling wallpaper or paint, wet insulation, water staining, or a mold or mildew smell. These could cause lasting health problems if not addressed.

#3. The foundation.

The foundation is truly the foundation of your entire home and if there are major cracks, uneven floors, a shift in basement walls, gaps between walls and floors or windows and door frames, nails poking out, cracks in stonework or bricks, leaning stairs or cracks chimney can all affect the foundation and integrity of the home as a whole. These are definitely major red flags that could be thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars to replace.

#4. Pest damage.

Home inspectors will always look for signs of pest or rodent infestations. Not only can these pests carry diseases and be harmful to humans but they can do serious damage to property by chewing on wires and the wood in the home. Homes with high humidity may be more susceptible to damage from carpet or amps, beetles, and termites due to excess of moisture. If there is major pest infestation and damage, the seller will need to remedy the issue by hiring an exterminator. If they're unwilling to do so, you may have a hefty price tag on your hands in the near future should you choose to buy the property.

#5. Plumbing.

Water can be the homes number one enemy. Not only from water damage, mold, and mildew, but leaks, rusty and broken pipes, clogged sewer lines, plastic piping, running toilets, hidden leaks, rusted water heaters, broken thermostats, high or low water pressure and sediment buildup all reeks of damage and havoc on a home. Your inspector should be able to tell you if any of these are an issue on the property, what you can do about it, and if it's worth continuing on with the sale.

These are major issues and while we never recommend waving a home inspection, properties that look like they are well put together and maintained may have hidden issues you don't know about. It's always a good idea to have a home inspection and if you choose to purchase the home regardless, have a home inspection done after the fact so you know the integrity of the home and can plan for the future.

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