Top Ten Home Repairs
I’ve been hearing that the housing market is improving a little. So in light of this welcome news, here is a list of things that home inspectors watch out for–not to mention signs that you ought to be aware of too.
- Improper surface grading and drainage. Leads to water problems in the basement or crawl space.
- Improper electrical wiring. Insufficient electrical service to the house, inadequate overload protection, dangerous connections.
- Roof damage. Leakage from damaged shingles or improper flashing.
- Heating systems. Broken or malfunctioning controls, blocked chimneys, unsafe exhaust disposal.
- Poor overall maintenance. Cracked, peeling paint surfaces, crumbling masonry, makeshift wiring or plumbing, broken fixtures, structural problems.
- Structurally related problems. Problems in other areas lead to problems with foundation walls, floor joists, rafters and window and door headers.
- Plumbing. Old or incompatible piping materials and faulty fixtures and waste lines.
- Exteriors. Windows, doors and wall surfaces leading to water and air penetration. Inadequate caulking and weather stripping.
- Poor Ventilation. Over-sealed homes leading to excessive interior moisture and rotting plus indoor pollution.
- Miscellaneous. Primarily interior components, often cosmetic.
Source: Home Hints eNews from U.S. and Canadian home inspector surveys