We have two locations serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and St. Louis, MO. We can perform an inspection to determine any serious or underlying issues that you don’t want as a surprise once your house is up for sale.
Minor and cosmetic flaws, such as a broken light fixture, might come up in an inspection report. But, these small items will not cause a deal to fall apart. Rather, it is the costly and often unseen issues that can cause a buyer to back out or offer less than the contract amount.
If you are preparing to sell your home, call Gateway Home Inspection Services today. We have two locations serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and St. Louis, MO. We can perform an inspection to determine any serious or underlying issues that you don’t want as a surprise once your house is up for sale.
Common Home Inspection Issues
Here are some of the most common things that often fail a home inspection:
- Roofing problems – Typical asphalt shingle roofs last 15 to 20 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its life, do not be surprised if issues come up in the inspection report. If an inspector notices curled, broken, or brittle shingles, leaky spots, or loose flashing, they will be noted.
- Problems with drainage – There are a few things, such as surface grading, which can cause serious drainage issues and foundation damage. Improper grading can cause leaks in the basement, which can result in mildew and other problems.
- Faulty foundation – Fixing foundation issues is one of the most expensive problems to fix. A faulty foundation can manifest itself in several ways, such as cracks in the walls above doorways, doors, and windows that stick, horizontal or L-shaped cracks in the exterior foundation, and sloping floors.
- Plumbing issues – Issues with the plumbing of a house is another often costly problem. A malfunctioning water heater, broken pipes, and backed-up sewage systems are common things that end up failing a home inspection. Certain types of plumbing pipes are found in older homes that have been discontinued, and an inspector will report these as incompatible plumbing materials.
- Hidden mold – Discovering that there is hidden mold in your house can be a major issue. Extensive mold infestations are often expensive to remediate. Mold is caused by excessive moisture and is generally a sign of a drainage issue or a leak.
- Pest infestations – Having a pest infestation will send some potential homebuyers running. This is especially true of termites as they are especially destructive to the structure and integrity.
- Electrical problems – It’s a common issue home inspectors run into all the time. Missing junction boxes, reverse polarity, and damaged receptacles are some common issues.
If you are preparing to put your house on the market, these and other issues can catch you off guard. Catch these problems before your potential buyers do.
Contact Gateway Home Inspection Services
When you schedule your appointment, we will begin with a thorough inspection of your entire property. Call us today for a free inspection quote. We will be happy to give you a quote and answer any questions or concerns you may have about our home inspection services.