Top 10 most common home inspection items I see over and over again

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Stars Realty

The home inspection can be a significant step in the home buying and selling process for both the buyer and the homeowner.  Over the last 30+ years there are a lot of home inspection related items that the buyer requests for the seller to correct based on the results of the home inspection report.  Here is my list of the top 10 most common home inspection items that I see on a regular basis:  

  1. Lack of adequate handrails on steps and staircases
  2. Chipped or flaking paint on the interior or exterior of the property
  3. Lack of GFCI outlets within 6 feet of a water source (also correct double taps)
  4. Correct unlined chimney where furnace and or hot water tank vent
  5. Add drop leg / pipe extension within 6 inches of floor to TPR valve on hot water tank
  6. Bathroom exhaust fan needs to be vented to exterior or vented roof soffit
  7. Lack of smoke detectors
  8. Fogged dual pane windows where the windows seal has failed
  9. Improper grade has water flowing towards the house instead of away
  10. Inadequate downspouts and downspouts / splash blocks not directing water far enought away from foundation
  11. Bonus:  I see this all the time - Inspector recommends replacing the furnace filter 

The list above is certainly not every items we have ever faced when dealing with a home inspection but this list features some of the most common items that I see.  I would love for you to share your top home inspection repair request in the comment section below.

The Sam Miller Team of REMAX Stars Realty 740-397-7800 



Comments (5)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Sam... I see a number of these myself, quite frequently, such as #1, 3, 6... but more often than not these are due to the fact that these items were not code at the time a home was built and a seller has no obligation in our area to bring them up to code. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have been code here for quite a while now, so it's rare that they are missing in a home. What I do see a lot of is "bulbs on light fixture(s) are not working... have an electrician check." (Never could understand why listing agents don't remind their clients to replace all bulbs at time of listing or at least in time for an inspection.)

Jan 20, 2021 04:20 AM
Sam Miller

Hi Nina, Thanks for commenting and I appreciate the detailed summary!  I also love your tip on replacing all light bulbs at the time of listing and or prior to the home inspection - Sam 

Jan 20, 2021 11:52 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Wonderful to see this post on Active Rain. Sam, best wishes for a successful week!

Jan 24, 2021 09:04 AM
Jerry Pinkas 843-839-9870 HOMEGUIDEMYRTLEBEACH.COM
Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Condos, Homes and Properties for Sale

Another great post Sam!

Feb 04, 2021 01:13 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’ve seen a lot of these myself in staging and I’m glad you see them too. Wonderful post!

Feb 09, 2021 07:28 PM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

That's a good topic to discuss, thanks for bringing it up !

Feb 12, 2021 10:25 AM