As you probably know, buying a home is no easy task. There’s a mountain of paperwork to get through before you can settle in, and all kinds of factors you need to check off your list past the interior décor. If you’re planning to sell your house soon, it pays to know about the various issues that get picked up on during home inspections. Here are some common ones to look out for.
Grade Sloping Towards the Home
When your landscaping slopes down towards the home, it can lead to damp crawl spaces, as well as movement, cracking or settlement in the foundations. If there’s too much water wicking up the foundations, it can lead to rot or mold in the walls and framing members. Some of the common signs of foundation problems include windows that are slanted out of the square, doors on your interior that have a visible, slanting gap at the top when they’re closed, and floors that are noticeably uneven in places. If it turns out that you have problems with your foundations, then it’s probably going to cost a lot to repair. However, it won’t cost as much as the value it will take off the market price of your house.
A lot of us take our plumbing for granted. We barely ever see it, and even if there’s a faucet that takes a while to heat up or get to a decent pressure, it’s nothing we can’t live with. However, if you have plumbing issues in your house, and don’t get them checked by a plumbing company before the home inspection, it has the potential to stop your sale in its tracks. Some common signs of plumbing problems include taps that drip forever when you’ve turned them off, sinks and baths that take a long time to drain fully, unusual sounds from the toilet when it’s flushing, and unpleasant smells. The worst sign of all is leaks, no matter how small they appear. Even the smallest of leaks can lead to costly structural damage over time, leading to perfect conditions for mold to grow, and lowering the value of your property.
Aging Roofing Materials
As a home ages, its roofing materials age with it. This is an element of the construction that keeps us, and all the parts of the house nice and dry. As roofing material ages, it tends to let water intrusion through. Over time, this can call for some very expensive repairs, or even complete replacement. Furthermore, if your roofing material wasn’t installed properly in the first place, it will show premature signs of aging. You might not pay a lot of attention to your roof, but a professional home inspector certainly will! Get the ladder out, and take a look at the state of your roof. If the shingles are curling around the corners and edges, the sealant’s getting cracked and rusty, or you’re noticing random dark spots, it’s definitely a good idea to have a professional roofer look at it.