Some of the Worst Things to Hear when you are having a Home Inspection.
When getting a home inspection done foundation issues can be a big deal and are typically very expensive.
You do NOT want to see the words “foundation problems” anywhere in the home inspection. If the Home Inspector puts a golf ball down on one side of the house and it rolls to the other side, then you need to walk away.
Now, keep in mind that almost all homes have “settling” of some kind.
The weight of the house causes it to settle into the ground over time and most structures have some cracks somewhere in the basement, many cracks are no big deal, but others can indicate a lot more serious problems.
While surface mold in poorly ventilated bathrooms is normal, black mold that can show up in a home’s basement or crawl space is a different story entirely, It can cause repertory problems and many other serious health problems, even death.
Black mold can take a lot of very expensive remediation efforts. There’s the cost of getting the mold out, but then there’s also the cost of all the effort to make sure it doesn’t come back. If I were a buyer, I would tell the seller, ‘I am not buying this house.’
When black mold is present in a home, it’s almost always indicative of a larger, more serious issue. It could be present due to cracks in the foundation where water has seeped through, or due to costly issues with the home’s plumbing.
If the current owners had a flood in their basement, they may very well have fixed the flood — but not the mold, ask your Home Inspector for any tips on this when you have your home inspected
If there is standing water in the basement or evidence of water leaks in a home, warning sirens should go off and your Home Inspector should note it in your report.
It could be roof or skylight damage, drain tile damage, or the entire plumbing system may need to be replaced. The point is, water infiltrated the house at some point in time, and you’re going to want to investigate.
A small water stain on the ceiling may not look like much, but it can be indicative of a much larger problem to the roof. Water works its way down. A stain in the basement could actually be coming from a leak in the roof.
If you see curling shingles on the roof or water damage on the ceiling of any home, you may have some roof issues that will be very costly to repair
Depending on how big the home is, roof issues can definitely stop a closing. Your appraiser should be able to tell you how many years of life are left in your roof. If less than three years are given, that is a point that can be negotiated with the seller so they can lower the price of your new home.
A new roof can range in price from $15,000 to $150,000 depending on the size of the house and the type of roof you want.
A roof is such an expensive thing. And it’s not something you can tell from the outside, which is why it’s so important to get an inspection. A roof that’s falling apart can look just fine from the front yard.
There is a big difference between having mice and having termites, Most homes will see a mouse or two from time to time, but termites can literally eat the house down.
If you have mice, you can set out traps or hire a company to do a regular monthly extermination.
But termites come when moisture gets in the wood of your home, and getting them out for good can be extremely difficult.
To get rid of termites, you must kill them, replace the wood they destroyed, and then monitor the area to make sure they don’t come back.
What’s the point of replacing the wood if they are just going to come back six months later?
Thankfully, an inspector is trained to look for signs that unwanted visitors may be living in your dream home.
Mice, bats, raccoons, termites, and other little animals can do a lot of damage if they go undetected for a long time. It’s only when an inspector peels things open that you see the electrical wiring has been devastated by squirrels.
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Age of the electrical system
If you’re looking at a home that has an old pre-1960 “knob and tube” style electrical system, look elsewhere.
Those systems don’t meet code, and the home’s entire electrical system will need to be replaced. In many cases, walls may need to be knocked down to bring the home up to code.
Old wiring like that is a huge fire hazard, so it has to be taken care of. Unfortunately, it’s extremely costly to do so — in the several thousands of dollars, Be especially cautious of this if you’re buying a historic home.