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Most common issues found during a home inspection

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There are no two home inspections the same. Each house is unique, and each one has its own story. The home inspector is responsible for interpreting and telling the story of each house by conducting a thorough visual inspection. The home inspector often performs this inspection at the time of the purchase. Although every house is unique, home inspectors often find the same issues after conducting many inspections. Some issues have recurred over the years of being in business for more than 25 years. Here is a list of the most common issues found during a home inspection in Raleigh NC. These problems may not be present in your home, but the list does not mean that it will. This is just an example of what an old home inspector might have thought. Here we are.

  1. Clogged air filters can lead to overflow pans full of water and a HVAC system that isn’t working as efficiently. You could write an entire article about how dirty filters lead to all of this, but I will limit my time and recommend that you keep your filters clean.
  2. Use loose strike plates and hinges. These are usually simple fixes and can be done with a single screw or several screws. Sometimes, a larger screw might be needed if the strip is broken.
  3. Insulation for Freon gas line. The Freon gas is the larger line that gets cold when the AC runs. Condensation forms because the gas line is running while it is cold. Pipe insulation can shrink or deteriorate over time and will need to be replaced.
  4. Water spigots do not have an antiphon device to prevent water contamination. These devices are very inexpensive and can be screwed right on.
  5. The oven’s anti-tipping brackets are missing. These brackets are needed to stop ovens from flipping.
  6. Faucets that do not work in tubs or sinks may have a continuous drip/or stopper. It is usually not difficult to repair. This usually involves replacing worn-out valves
  7. Sinks and Tubs require Caulking.
  8. Caulking is required around doors and windows. Cavulking wears faster here. Caulking can fail here and moisture can seep into the wood, causing damage/ softwood.
  9. Poor drainage, lack of splash blocks and downspout diverters. Ask yourself where the water goes when it rains. You want the water to leave the foundation and not go where it is supposed to.
  10. Broken plumbing boots. Rubber plumbing boots make it possible to transition from the roof shingle to a plumbing vent pipe. The rubber will eventually crack and fall apart and need to be replaced

 

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