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7 Home Defects YOU Could Watch For

Home Defects

Home Defects

We know that no home is flawless, but certain physical problems can be expensive. That is why we get the house inspected by a professional. It’s also good to know what to look out for prior so you know whether or not to take that next step with the particular home you are looking at. Please don’t think this list will make you a professional it is just a good idea to keep your head about you. Always if you have any questions concerning the things you see immediately ask your real estate professional so he can accurately answer your questions or direct you to someone who can. So these 7 things are important to look out for:

  1. Water leaks. Look for stains on ceilings and near the baseboards, especially in basements or attics.

  2. Shifting foundations. Look for large cracks along the home’s foundation.

  3. Drainage. Look for standing water, either around the foundation of the home or in the yard.

  4. Termites. Look for weakened or grooved wood, especially near ground level.

  5. Worn roofs. Look for broken or missing copings and buckled shingles as well as water spots on ceilings.

  6. Inadequate wiring. Look for old fuse boxes, extension cords (indicating insufficient outlets), and outlets without a place to plug in the grounding prong.(only two holes (old) and not three (new))

  7. Plumbing problems. Turn the water on and see how the pressure is and if there is banging in the pipes. Very low water pressure, banging in pipes= Mario & Luigi are coming for a visit.

If you have any questions about the above list or want us to go into more detail in any defect, please contact us! We will be sure to get back to you with an answer right away. If you can add to this list or elaborate yourself, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment so we can benefit the other readers!


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1 comment to 7 Home Defects YOU Could Watch For

  • walter p

    Here are some more things you can look out for including and addition to the previous post.
    What Your Home Inspection Should Cover

     Siding: Look for dents or buckling
     Foundations: Look for cracks or water seepage
     Exterior Brick: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks
     Insulation: Look for condition, adequate rating for climate
     Doors and Windows: Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weatherstripping
     Roof: Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts
     Ceilings, walls, and moldings: Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away
     Porch/Deck: Loose railings or step, rot
     Electrical: Look for condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room
     Plumbing: Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation
     Water Heater: Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating
     Furnace/Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs. However, other factors such as payback period and other operating costs, such as electricity to operate motors.
     Garage: Look for exterior in good repair; condition of floor—cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism
     Basement: Look for water leakage, musty smell
     Attic: Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof
     Septic Tanks (if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family
     Driveways/Sidewalks: Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains

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