Thinking about putting your home on the market? While major renovations might not be worth your time and money, some changes will likely be expected by buyers based on the findings of the home inspection. To make sure these don’t become an issue with repercussions for the sale, be proactive about addressing any problems you are aware of with the following.
What Are Home Inspectors on the Lookout For?
1. Plumbing Concerns
It’s not unusual to find leaking toilets and sinks. Sometimes the issue is due to a perforated pipe, a corroded system, or broken parts that require replacement. Other concerns include sluggish drains and inadequate water pressure throughout the house. However, since even small drips can result in extensive water damage over time—sometimes requiring floor replacement or mold remediation—have them fixed as soon as possible.
2. Faulty Wiring
Older homes may not meet standards set by the National Electric Code (NEC) or might contain knob-and-tube wiring, which is an old electrical format that offers no ground fault protection. Other common issues include exposed wires, a lack of ground fault circuit interrupters, outlets with paint inside the slots, and single circuit breakers that feature two powered wires tapping into it at once.
3. Roofing Condition
The roof plays a vital role in protecting the home’s integrity. Many issues can occur with the structure over the years through repeated exposure to inclement weather, including weak or broken shingles and damaged flashing. The average asphalt shingle roof lasts approximately 20 years with proper maintenance. Therefore, if it is getting on in age, potential homebuyers may ask for it be replaced or for another form of compensation.
4. Weak Drainage
Moisture intrusion is one of the most problematic issues any homeowner faces. Poor drainage is often to blame, typically because the ground around the home isn’t properly graded to slope away from the property. Water can soak into the foundation, seep into the basement, and cause problems such as mold, structural damage, and pest infestations. Home inspection experts examine the surrounding soil and the basement for signs of trouble. However, if you have experienced these problems in the past, fix them before it derails your sale.
5. Poor Ventilation
Adequate ventilation helps the home remain comfortable in the summer by limiting roof condensation and releasing heat instead of trapping it in the attic. Poor ventilation causes an increase in humidity, which can lead to roof and attic damage and mold development.
Twin City Home Inspections Inc. is buyers’ and sellers’ choice for home inspections in Texas and parts of Arkansas. Based in Texarkana, the licensed and insured company takes pride in presenting a thorough, same-day report that protects both parties during the negotiation process. They’re proud members of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and are licensed by both the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and the Arkansas Home Inspector Board (AHIB). Visit them online for a detailed look at their services or call (903) 276-9566 to schedule an appointment.