11 Things You Need to Know in Order to Pass your Home Inspection
“According to industry experts, there are at least 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. Here are 11 you should know about if you’re planning to put your home up for sale.”
Defective plumbing can exhibit itself in two different ways: leaking, and clogging. A visual inspection can detect leaking, and an inspector will gauge water pressure by turning on all the faucets in the highest bathroom and then flushing the toilet. If you hear the sound of running water, it indicates that the pipes are undersized. If the water appears dirty when first turned on at the faucet, this is an excellent indication that the pipes are rusting, which can result in severe water quality problems.
Damp or Wet Foundation
An inspector will check your walls and flooring for a powdery white mineral deposit, and will observe to see if you feel secure enough to store things right on your floor. A mildew odour is almost impossible to eliminate, and any inspector will certainly be conscious of it.
It could cost you anywhere from $200-$1,000 to seal a crack in or around your foundation depending on severity and location. “Pining” a foundation could run you around $5500 – $15,000, and complete waterproofing (of an average 3 bedroom home) could amount in excess of $5,000. You will have to weigh these figures into the calculation of what price you want to net on your home.
Inadequate Wiring & Electrical
Your home should have a minimum of 100 amps service, and this should be clearly marked. Wires should be copper or aluminium. Home inspectors will look at octopus plugs as indicative of inadequate circuits and a potential fire hazard.
Poor Heating & Cooling Systems
Insufficient insulation, and an inadequate or a poorly functioning heating system, are the most common causes of poor heating. While an adequately clean air handler, without rust on the coils, usually has life left in it, the inspector will be asking to check to see if your air handler is over its typical life span of 10-15 yrs. For a forced air gas system, a heat exchanger will come under particular examination since one that is cracked can emit deadly carbon monoxide into the home. These heat exchangers must be replaced if damaged – they cannot be repaired.
Water leakage through the roof can occur for a variety of reasons such as physical deterioration of the asphalt shingles, or mechanical damage from a windstorm. When gutters leak and downspouts allow water to run down and through the exterior walls, this external problem becomes a major internal one.
Damp Attic Spaces
Aside from basement dampness, problems with ventilation, insulation and vapour barriers can bring about water, moisture, mold and mildew to form in the attic. This can lead to premature wear of the roof, structure and building materials.
This can occur in many places (door or window frames, trim, basements, siding, decks and fences). The building inspector will sometimes probe the wood to see if this is present – especially when the wood looks to have been freshly painted.
Re-bricking can be costly, but, left unattended, these repairs can cause problems with water and moisture penetration into the home, which could lead to a chimney being clogged by fallen bricks or even a chimney, which falls onto the roof. It can be costly to rebuild a chimney or to have it repainted.
Unsafe or Over-fused Electrical Circuit
A fire hazard is created when more amperage is drawn on the circuit than was intended. 15 amp circuits are the most common in most conventional homes, with larger service for large appliances such as stoves and dryers. It can cost several hundred dollars to replace your fuse panel with a circuit panel.
Adequate Security Features
More than a purchased security system, an inspector will look for the basic safety features that will protect your home such as proper locks on windows and patio doors, dead bolts on the doors, smoke and even carbon monoxide detectors in every bedroom or on every level . Even though pricing will vary, these components will add to your costs.
An inspector will definitely investigate the underlying footing and foundation of your home, as structural integrity is fundamental to your home.
When you put your home on the Real Estate Market, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises that could cost you the sale. By having an understanding of these 11 problem areas as you walk through your home, you’ll be safe guarding yourself against future disappointment.