A home inspection is a valuable part of the home buying and home selling process. Buyers want to know what might be wrong with a home before they buy it so that they know whether the home is worth the money. Sellers want to know what’s wrong with a home before they sell it so that they can fix anything that may prevent them from making a sale.
In both cases, a home inspection is a valuable investment. The problem is, a home inspection can often be full of shocking surprises. In some cases, the buyer or seller may not be able to handle all of the issues that come up in a home inspection, and it may completely stall a potential sale.
We’ve put together some of the most common finds in a home inspection so that you have some idea of what to expect so that you can prepare a little better in the event that your home has some of these problems. If you know that one of these finds is a potential issue, you can fix it before paying for a home inspection.
Drainage That Flows Towards The Home
Obviously, you can see how this would be a problem. Drainage should always flow away from the home so that water damage doesn’t occur. If water is draining towards your home, then you may have issues with the grading of your land. This can be an expensive fix.
You may be able to put in a retaining wall at a low point of your property to hold back water before it reaches your home. If this isn’t an option, though, you may have to pay to have dirt moved so that your home is raised up and water is directed away from your home.
Additionally, digging drainage ditches so that as water flows towards your home, it can enter a ditch and flow away from your home or to a different location of your property. Of these three potential fixes, the retaining wall is the least expensive but also only applies in certain situations. Knowing that this is a problem will let you find a solution before it becomes too late.
Improperly Installed Stucco
Stucco is a great building material that will last a long time when done right. The problem is that often stucco is not installed correctly and can cause water and moisture to build up inside your home until a major break occurs and you wind up with a flooded living room.
A faulty sill plate or improperly sealed fixtures can cause water to seep in behind your stucco leading to a gradual buildup. This seems like a minor oversight, but it can cause major damage. Most of the time, the actual amount of water intrusion will start small, but this can still lead to mold and mildew building up inside your home.
You probably knew this one was coming, but wiring is a problem for a number of homes. Sometimes it has to do with the age of the home and the type of wiring used. Other times, it’s because of damage to interior wiring inside walls that leads to dead outlets and lightswitches, problems with your electrical panel and junction boxes can also occur.
Regardless of the reason, a wiring issue will stop a home sale cold. If the issue is just minor damage in an isolated area, then repairs can be made and the issue corrected. If it is due to an issue with your breaker box or power supply, then you’re looking at a more costly repair to replace the faulty box.
The worst of the three potential issues is outdated wiring throughout the home. This will almost always require a complete rewiring of the home so that it is up to code. It’s best that you address this issue as soon as possible.
While there are many other things that can go wrong, these are likely your big 3, water, your walls, and your electricity. Making sure these things are up to par will raise your chances of having a successful home sale.