12 Signs Why You Shouldn’t Buy That House: A Home Inspection Checklist
So, you are ready to buy a house and ready to jump right in with two feet. Are there any items on your list to check before buying a home or do you just buy the first one that you fall in love with? We’d like to offer these tips as the top things to be on the lookout for when you are purchasing a home. They can make a big difference in the quality of the home, the upkeep to come and the craftsmanship with which the home was built.
Mold can be a minor or major problem in a home dependent on its form and how long it has been there or how much is present. Mold can lead to respiratory problems for those living in a home with it present. So, make sure you have a thorough inspection to determine whether or not mold is present in a home in which you are interested.
Termites are small like an ant, but can lead to big time problems in a home. They bore through wood and can cause structural damage. They can often go undetected, so this is also where a thorough inspection can be important before making a decision to purchase a home.
3. Grading and Drainage Issues
Grading and drainage issues can cause flooding in basements and this can in turn lead to mold if a basement is perpetually damp. You’ll want to see that drainage leads away from the home so that water makes its way away from the home and does not flood a home.
4. Structural Issues
Structural issues can be caused by termite damage, neglect and more. At a quick look, you should be on the lookout for cracks or stair step cracks on foundational walls, beware of leaning chimneys and look to see if any outdoor stairs are separating from the home. A professional inspection can also discover if structural issues are a problem.
5. Old Electrical – Knob and Tube
Outdated electrical systems are another issue to note. Knob and tube wiring was popular in the late 1800s through the early 1900s and are something to keep an eye out for in an older home. Often knob and tube wiring was insulated with rubber and its breakdown over time can cause a fire hazard.
6. Shoddy Workmanship
If a house was built in haste or with low quality craftsmanship and supplies, issues can arise throughout the home. Ask your realtor about the construction company’s history and reputation. Look for reviews of their work online and ask around the area for feedback.
7. Stucco Issues
If done improperly, stucco can have many issues within each of its layers. If cracks are left untreated they can lead to water damage and possible mold issues.
8. General Poor Maintenance
If a home has had one or multiple owners, how they cared for the home can play a big part in the home’s current condition and long term viability. Proper care can be evaluated by a home inspection before you choose to buy a home.
9. Plumbing Issues
Plumbing issues such as leaks or poor quality craftsmanship can lead to larger problems when compounded with drainage issues. In addition to mold, plumbing issues can lead to sewage problems as well.
10. Roof Problems or Aging
Good roof upkeep is a blessing in a home, but a bad roof or aged roof can lead to multiple problems. Leaks, holes or eroding roof tiles can lead to mold, insect and small mammal infestations and more.
11. Heating and Cooling System Defects
A poorly running heating or cooling system can lead to high prices on your utility bill or lead you to a lapse in working systems. Be on the lookout for any leaks too and check on the age of hot water heaters to assess when they may be expected to be replaced or how they measure up to new, more energy efficient models.
12. Windows and Doors Leaking or Aging
Older doors and windows can also leave your home being less energy efficient than homes with newer doors and windows. Have your home inspector check for drafts and make sure that older windows and doors are not subject to termite damage.
Overall, these are good issues to start with and be on the lookout for when shopping for a home. Hiring a qualified home inspector and being open to asking questions of your realtor are some ways to check for these issues.
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