; Poor drainage. Improper water drainage can lead to foundation problems, rot and mold.
; Cracks in the foundation and window perimeters that allow water into wall cavities.
; Aged or improperly installed roofing. You may want to have a licensed roofer inspect it.
; Uneven pavement, cracked steps and loose handrails on steps.
; Insufficient or out-of-date wiring (exposed, knob and tube, or wiring less than 100 amps).
; Poor ventilation can equate to excess moisture damaging interior walls and structural elements.
; Rusty, old or incompatible plumbing or piping that failed a pressure test or was not tested.
; Mold or fungus in the house or signs of prior water damage.
Attic or crawl space
; Damage to trusses or rafters from shifting.
; Improper insulation. Too much insulation can restrict airflow, and insulation placed too close to
electrical fixtures (e.g., recessed lights) can be a fire hazard.
; Water damage to floorboards, vents or the chimney.
; Water stains down walls. This can indicate a leaky basement when storms roll through.
; A faulty HVAC system. HVAC systems can cost thousands of dollars to replace.
; Pencil-like termite tubes along joists.
One of the most important steps for potential homebuyers in the process is the inspection. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance advises that before you buy a property, ask
your home inspector if any of these issues are present.
If your home inspector finds any of these conditions, ask these three things:
Some of these conditions may make the home
uninsurable. Talk with your home insurance company. You may be able to ask the existing home-owner to make repairs as part of your offer. For
more helpful tips, or to get a quote from
Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance, visit
flags: Now what?
Home inspection checklist
Know the property’s condition before you buy
SOURCE: HOME INSPECTION COSTS” ( HOMEADVISOR.COM, JANUARY 16, 2014), “COMMON PROBLEMS FOUND DURING HOME INSPECTIONS” ( HGTV.COM, JANUARY 16, 2014)
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Can the damage be corrected?
What would it cost to fix?
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