Nobody likes to be caught off guard when making a major purchase, especially when it comes to buying a house. We want all of our home buyers to be fully aware of what they are purchasing so they feel comfortable and confident with the purchase. Because of this, there are five major defects of any type of property to watch out for and be aware of when inspecting for touring a home.
#1. Rotten wood.
If the home is not maintained properly, wood can be exposed to moisture, rot, the elements or pests. Wood should be painted or treated in a home including decks and trims so they don’t get exposure to the elements, which could lead to rot and pest infestations. Have your inspector check all around the foundation, roof, and eaves of the house for any signs of wood rot.
#2. Improper ventilation.
Homes need adequate ventilation to ensure that any moisture can evaporate. When any water or moisture collects in an area for an extended time frame it can cause issues.
The most common area is the space between the roof and the ceiling. Ventilation in this area insurance longevity of the roof and the property itself. Check holes in ventilation ducts for evaporation of moisture and any intense heat so that it can escape properly keeping the structure dry and protected.
#3. Roof issues.
Your inspector may or may not get up on the roof but it’s important to check it out in any case. Broken or missing tiles or shingles can cause rust, water leaks, and damage to the house itself. Leaks can be a costly fix and replacing the roof can be even more costly. It’s important to double check these items before finalizing a sale.
#4. Additions or home improvement projects without a permit.
Many do-it-yourselfers plan on doing additions or home improvement projects themselves and this means they may not get a permit. It’s important to ask about any additions that the homeowner has completed and have them inspected by your home inspector and ask for permits. Check the seller’s disclosure form on any of these projects that might have been done. If a permit has not been pulled, double check that it was done properly or ask the seller to pull a permit at this time.
#5. Mold or musty smells.
If a basement, attic or any place in the house smells moldy or musty, it’s probably due to water damage somewhere. Poor drainage systems can cause mold problems in basements and crawl spaces so you want to make sure that this is not an ongoing issue.
These are some of the major defects we run into on a daily basis when selling the property so it’s important to understand the property, ask questions, and find out what you can do to request a replacement or repair.