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Home Inspection Reports: 10 Most Common Defects

Friday Oct 18th, 2019


When buying a property, most purchasers will opt to have a home inspection completed to find any defects or deficiencies before moving ahead with the deal. This is excellent advice to heed since a qualified home inspector has the expert eye to spot problems that the average home buyer might miss. This can include everything from plumbing defects and wiring concerns to structural problems and grading issues. Having a home inspection done on a property is also a smart investment, as it can avoid expensive unforeseen issues down the road.

Here is a list of the 10 most common defects found in home inspection reports:

1. Faulty wiring
Worn-out or archaic electrical systems are one of the most common defects found in home inspection reports, especially in older homes. An inspection can also uncover not-to-code electrical wiring or work completed by an unlicensed professional, which is a major safety concern.

2. Roofing issues
Improperly installed roofing materials or the absence of materials in certain areas, like missing flashing in transition zones, will cause a roof to deteriorate. A home inspection can uncover needed repairs or advise if a full replacement is the best course of action. 

3. HVAC problems 
Poor installation, insufficient maintenance and ageing HVAC components are commonly noted in inspection reports. An inspector will examine all heating and cooling systems to ensure they are functioning properly for the overall comfort of the home and to keep energy costs down. 

4. Plumbing troubles
An inspector will complete an in-depth investigation on all plumbing fixtures to ensure proper drainage, the absence of leaks and obstructions, the proper function of shut-off valves, and more. If a plumbing system is outdated or if required repairs are uncovered, they will be noted in the home inspection report.

5. Inadequate insulation and ventilation 
Poor insulation and ventilation, especially in attic spaces, can cause higher energy bills and create an uncomfortable home environment. An inspector will note any areas where the insulation can be topped up or added to, as well as any necessary ventilation improvements.

6. Lack of maintenance 
An improperly maintained home presents a host of issues for new homeowners as they work to correct the condition of the property. Knowing what areas have been neglected before taking possession can help buyers prepare for the work ahead.

7. Improper drainage 
Improper drainage around the structure of a home can lead to water intrusion, which can cause mould growth, damp basements and other concerns. A home inspection can identify areas where improper drainage is a concern and how improvements, like adding roof gutters or downspouts, can correct the issue.

8. Air and water penetrations 
Cracks within the structure or around windows can allow water or air to penetrate. This can cause mould growth in wall cavities or temperature fluctuations in the home, which need to be addressed.

9. Structural damage
An inspection may uncover structural damage, like cut or broken joists or trusses or problems with load-bearing walls, which diminish the integrity of a home. Structural issues can also cause sagging roofs, angled floors or foundation problems, which need to be addressed.

10. Environmental issues 
Mould growth, sources of asbestos and other environmental hazards, like poor air quality, may be found during a home inspection. A follow-up environmental test is often required to fully assess the problems and how to make the home safe again.

Having a home inspection completed on a property is a wise way to protect yourself from hidden surprises. Always perform your due diligence when hiring an inspector by choosing an individual or company that’s recognized by a professional organization. Your realtor can also recommend trusted contacts within their network.

To learn more about home inspections and why they are a vital step in the buying process, please connect with me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative and ASA at Keller Williams Realty Solutions, Brokerage, in Mississauga, Ontario. I provide the sound advice you need to help guide you home.

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