Thursday, March 18, 2021 / by Randy Durham
Seller’s Guide to Home Inspections: Common Issues and What to Fix Before Listing Your Home
There is no such thing as a mandatory fix after a home inspection, and most repairs are negotiable. Cosmetic issues usually don’t need to be fixed. However, most buyers will request fixes on common inspection flags. The most common inspection issues are structural issues in the attic and crawlspace, roof issues, plumbing issues, water damage, electrical issues (particularly in older homes), HVAC issues, & termites.
FHA and VA inspections:
FHA inspections do not require repairing cosmetic or minor defects. However, common flags to FHA inspectors are similar to other inspection issues listed above. They include missing handrails, cracked exterior doors or window glass, peeling paint in homes due to lead hazards, minor plumbing leaks, flooring in poor condition, termite evidence, damaged drywall, trip hazards, driveway issues, and ventilation issues in crawl spaces and attics.
· Electrical boxes with any frayed or exposed wiring.
· All finished rooms must have a heat source.
· Make sure the roof is in good condition and address any moisture issues.
· Beware that if the roof has more than three layers of roofing and needs repairs, a new roof may be required.
· Water heaters must meet building codes.
· Appliances must be in working condition, especially the stove.
Common Issues Found by Home Inspectors: Home inspectors spend a majority of their time looking at major systems and structural components of the home.
Plumbing issues: Many plumbing issues can lead to water damage and mold growth. Common issues found during the inspection are main sewer line clogs, wall leaks, and water heater issues.
Electrical issues: Common issues include missing or faulty GCFI outlets, improperly wired switches, problems with the service panel, and ungrounded receptacles in older homes.
Roof issues: Inspectors will check for any leaks, assess the condition of the roofing materials, and look for any evidence of water damage.
HVAC Issues: Inspectors often find issues with ductwork, coils, condensers, and issues with the exhaust system. Surprisingly, inspectors can even find missing parts. This is more common if the home is vacant because HVAC materials are a common target for theft.
· Check your roof and gutters and repair any damage.
· Deep clean and repair your appliances.
· Check for any water leaks and repair them.
· Check for drywall cracks.
· If you haven’t done this already, have your HVAC system serviced and inspected for any repairs or defects.
· Check for any trip hazards, like damaged walkways or cracked driveways.
· Check for any drainage issues around the foundation.
· Address any issues with GCFI outlets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and the house exterior.