In our recent article, we discussed some of the major complications a home inspector can encounter as they perform the home inspection. To recap, we looked at some of the most commonly found problems, including:
- Inadequate plumbing
- Poor wiring
- Water damage
- Worn out roof
In this article, we’re examining even more issues that the inspection can uncover, like:
A healthy foundation is crucial to the overall function of your home. If your home inspector discovers issues with the foundation, you could be left with necessary but costly repairs should you purchase the house. In some cases, foundation problems can be side effects of other issues with the home, such as water damage from poor drainage.
Signs of foundation issues include:
- Cracks throughout the foundational areas
- Doors that do not latch
- Sticking doors or windows
- Uneven floors
Drainage and Grading Complications
As mentioned in “Foundation Problems,” drainage issues can lead to significant complications with your foundation. Proper drainage allows water to drain from the home correctly so as not to create water damage throughout the house. Drainage is connected to the home’s grading. Poor grading will cause water to collect at the base of the home, which can lead to major damage over time.
Signs of poor drainage include:
- Basement leaks
- Cracks in the foundation
- Moisture in the crawlspace
- Rot or mold in the foundation
- Wet or spongy ground at the base of the house
Signs of poor grading include:
- Interior doors that swing when ajar
- Uneven floors
- Uneven interior doors
- Uneven windows
Low-Quality Gutter System
A gutter system that is broken or damaged in any way could lead to significant water problems now or in the future. Gutters are designed to capture rainwater runoff from the roof and drain it away effectively. If the gutters do not allow proper drainage, water or moisture could find its way into the walls and cause troublesome damage.
Adding or replacing gutters is an easy, affordable fix compared to the cost of correcting the gutter-related water damage.
The home inspection is an exciting step in the home buying process. To get the most from the sale, team up with the experts at Walker Hulbert, Gray, & Moore
Our attorneys offer beneficial guidance throughout the home buying process, including the inspection phase. If you’re about to undergo a home inspection, schedule your consultation with us today: 478-987-1415
If you missed part one of our series on home inspections, be sure to check the article out here:
Home Inspection Problems Part 1: Most Common Problems
The Home Inspection Checklist: 6 Major Things the Inspector Examines