Home Inspection Red Flags

A home inspection can turn up a whole lot of things. Honestly, many of them will be minor and require little to correct. This doesn’t mean you should discount them, though. It just depends on the temperature of the market and whether or not you’ll be able to get a credit for those items. It’s when you come across something that seems suspect and there isn’t a clear remedy, that should cause concern. The concern being “How much will this cost?”. Ideally you’ll have a more qualified professional take a look when possible.

I’d like to share a few of those things that you can either be on the lookout for while looking at a home, or those that may be discovered during an inspection.

1. Water stains on ceilings and walls

There’s a wide array of reasons these stains could develop. Plumbing leak, roofing leak, improper grading, clogged gutters, lack of waterproofing, etc. Depending on the location and evidence present, will determine the right professional to explore further.  Basement walls are notorious for being damp, or indications they were wet in the past.

2. Roof – curling shingles, discoloration, different shingle colors

Typically this is an indication the roof is nearing the end of its life. Find out its current age and get pricing on replacement.

3. Shoddy upgrades or repairs

This is a real concern. It’s almost better to have a home that is untouched, vs one that has questionable upgrades. If the renovation work is questionable, then its quite likely the home has been owned by someone making repairs that doesn’t have the skill to do so. Those repairs are mostly hidden to you and you don’t know when they could have an affect.

4. Very dirty air filter

This could mean the filter doesn’t get replaced regularly, which results in the HVAC working harder than it should. Ultimately, it may shorten the useful life and lead to an earlier than normal replacement. Replacing HVAC is not cheap.

5. Foundation cracks

Not all cracks indicate a cause for alarm, but of course, some are. If the cracks are small, then likely you don’t need to worry. Anytime there’s concern, though, it is worth having an engineer inspect. They can usually give you a good idea of what caused the crack based on the pattern and location.

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