Certainly, there are things about any home you can look past: the stain on the carpet, the peeling wallpaper in the kitchen, or the outdated bathroom sink. But there are five areas of a home that simply can’t be overlooked in terms of damage or flaws. They are:
• Foundation problems – A home’s foundation, and the integrity of it, is of extreme importance because if the foundation is compromised, you can be sure that the rest of home is too. From bowing walls to large cracks or a shifting foundation, there are a number of things that can go wrong with the foundation. Although many foundation problems can be repaired, it is best to get the advice of a professional before making an offer on a home that has foundation problems.
• Moisture problems – Moisture problems can occur anywhere in the home, from the basement and the foundation to near windows and doors. Although moisture problems can often be remedied, the effects of moisture can be long-lasting and can threaten the health of your family in the form of mold. If there is evidence of moisture in the home, make sure a qualified professional may be able to come into the home and use special devices to detect the presence of mold and mildew.
• Roof problems – Roof problems can lead to a host of other problems in the home, all of which typically require a lot of money to repair. Always make sure your home inspector looks at all aspects of the home’s roof, including the shingles, the downspouts, the gutters, etc.
• Electrical problems – Electrical problems are of particular concern because, if left unanswered, could lead to a house fire and could risk the safety of your family. A home inspector will inspect the home’s electrical panel, as well electrical connections throughout the home.
• Plumbing problems – Plumbing problems could lead to major water damage throughout the home, which could cost you thousands of dollars. A comprehensive home inspection should never be complete without a thorough inspection of your home’s plumbing and plumbing fixtures.