What You Don’t Want to Hear in a Home Inspection

If you receive a bad inspection report on a home you’re buying or selling, don’t panic. There’s no such thing as a perfect house, so you aren’t going to receive a perfect report. Even new builds come up with negative things in their inspection reports. Here are four issues that tend to cause alarms to go off during a home inspection, but on further inspection may not be as big of a problem as perceived.

1. Foundation Cracks

You’ve probably heard of the saying – If you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes and it will change. We have hot summers which causes drought and we have lots of rain in the spring and fall which causes flooding – just look at the rainfall records North Texas broke this past month. A lot of homes in Texas are built on expansive clay soil which absorbs water and then expands and puts pressure on the home’s foundation. Weather and soil conditions have a major impact on a home’s foundation but are out of your control. Remember all houses are going to have some amount of settling. There are some cracks that aren’t a big deal and there are some that are. So just because you see a couple of cracks, it doesn’t automatically mean the house is going to come falling down.

2. Presence of Asbestos

Home inspections do not test for asbestos, but your home inspection could reveal based on the age of the home that asbestos could be present. Most homes built before 1980 have building materials with asbestos in them. Do not panic just because the home contains asbestos. The presence of asbestos is only a problem when its fibers are breathed in and get into the lung. This only happens if the building materials containing asbestos are damaged or disturbed. If the asbestos has not been disturbed, it shouldn’t cause a problem. If it is encapsulated, the risk of a problem is very low and the best thing you can do is avoid the area. If you do want to have it removed or are doing remodeling, call a professional to do any removal or identification. Never try to do any sampling or removal yourself.  

3. Mold and Mildew

Mold has gotten a bad rap and people are fearful when they hear the word. There are several varieties of mold, but the really bad and not that bad tend to all be lumped into the same category. In a lot of cases, mold shouldn’t make you turn away from a house – like mildew in the bathtub that can easily be taken care of with a little elbow grease or solved by installing extra ventilation. Mold and moisture go hand in hand and can be very common in bathrooms. The concern is when there is mold, like toxic black mold, that is a health hazard. A home inspector won’t look for mold, but will point out water damage signs which may mean there is the possibility of mold. In this case, you should get it checked out and removed if necessary, especially if you have allergies or asthma.

4. Bugs and Rodents

The thought of roaches or mice in a house is very unpleasant, but it’s not the end of the world. Rodents sometimes do damage so you’ll want to check for that, but in most cases bugs and rodents can easily be taken care of by hiring an exterminator or rodent removal specialist, sealing up entrances and eliminating the food source. Termites, on the other hand, are a pest to be concerned about as they can potentially cause a lot of damage to the house. Termites feed on the wood of a home and do so in a way that it can be years before an issue is revealed. Fortunately, The Home inspectors offers a free termite inspection with every home inspection we do.

If you do receive a not so stellar home inspection report, remember not every home is perfect and it’s not necessarily a deal breaker. The Home Inspectors provide home inspections for buyers, sellers, new builds, builder warranties and home maintenance. We make it easy with 24/7 online scheduling and a simple pricing structure. Contact The Home Inspectors today for your home inspection! 

Purchasing a home requires a significant financial investment and may seem like an endless series of critical, important decisions. Inspecting the physical condition of the home’s systems and components is an important part of this process and will aid you in making an informed decision while minimizing risk.

If you’re a home buyer, these five things can help put your mind at ease during the home inspection process:

 

1. Attend the inspection

The best way to get the most out of your inspection is to be there and be an active participant. At minimum, we recommend showing up for the last thirty minutes in order to go over the findings with the inspector. This is an excellent opportunity for you to engage in a hands-on discussion about the current condition of the home.

 

2. Relax

Inspection day will probably make you see the house differently than before as this is likely your first “analytical” look at the home. Being prepared for this slight change in perspective will make the process much easier. And remember, any deficiencies identified in the report do not obligate any party to make repairs, but with the assistance of your realtor, you can make an informed decision as to whether or not to negotiate with the seller for any repairs or a price reduction.

 

3. Take notes and ask questions

Prepare a list of any questions or specific areas of concern that you may have about theproperty. We will be happy to address any questions that you may have during the walk-thru.

 

 

4. Read your reports

We will provide you with three different reports. The summary report details any health, safety or major expense issues found during the inspection. The inspection report provides a detailed “snapshot” of the condition of the physical structure, systems, and appliances of the home on the day of the inspection. The WDI reports the visible presence or absence of active or previous infestation of wood destroying insects, as well as conditions conducive for infestation in the dwelling.

 

5. Follow-up on recommendations in the reports

When a deficiency is reported, it is your responsibility and in your best interest to obtain further evaluations and/or cost estimates from qualified service professionals. Any such follow-up should take place prior to the expiration of any time limitations such as the option period. The decision to correct any deficiency identified in the inspection report is left to the parties to the contract for the sale or purchase of the home.

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