In an earlier article we reviewed some of the top home inspection issues that may be uncovered during the inspection process. While the top deficiencies were mentioned in the previous article we have expanded the list to include these additional home inspection issues that you may need to deal with when selling your home.
Typical Home Inspection Issues
Although your heating and air conditioning unit may appear to be working perfectly fine, this won’t deter a prospective buyer from requesting a thorough inspection from an HVAC professional. The best way to avoid this last minute surprise is to hire a local contractor yourself in advance.
Home Exterior Maintenance
An in-depth home inspection will most certainly include the exterior of your home. The inspector will be searching for rotted wood and missing trim. The most common issue they uncover on the exterior of your home is damaged or missing fascia boards. They will also check the wood adjacent to your windows in search of water damage from leaks.
Undersized Electrical Service
If you own an older home and the electrical panel was upgraded at some point, it is possible that the entrance cable to the home is now undersized. As an example, the original 100 AMP breaker panel was possibly replaced with a 200 AMP electrical panel to accommodate new features in your home. In this case the incoming power line from the street to the home must also be sized to handle 200 AMPs.
Fireplace & Chimney Damage
The home inspection may uncover improper roof flashing adjacent to the chimney. Perhaps the flashing was installed improperly initially, or it may have deteriorated over time. This may allow rain water to run down inside the chimney. The inspector will also check to confirm that a proper chimney cap is in place.
If moisture is discovered in your basement, the problem may be due to improper grading around the perimeter of your home. The ground adjacent to your home must slope away from the house so it will direct the rain water away from the structure.
Proper Bathroom Ventilation
It is not uncommon to discover bathroom fans that actually ventilate into the attic or crawlspace of your home. Moisture from your bathroom will be directed into the space and can cause mold in the attic. Bathroom fans should always vent outside.
Outdated Water Heater
Inspectors will examine your water heater to confirm that an appropriate TPRV Valve is installed. They will also inspect the B-Vent to confirm that the proper diameter is installed. The B-Vent must match the BTU’s of your system.