5 Things That Fail a Home Inspection

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A home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process. It's your chance to get a professional opinion on the condition of the property you're considering purchasing. No home is perfect, but some things can cause a home inspection to fail.


Here are 5 of the Most Common Things that Fail a Home Inspection

No home is perfect, but some things can cause a home inspection to fail. Here are 5 of the most common things that can lead to a home inspection failure:


1. Roof Issues

Roof issues are one of the most common things that fail a home inspection. This can include anything from missing shingles to significant water damage. If the inspector finds any problems with the roof, they will likely recommend getting it repaired or replaced before going through with the purchase.


2. Foundation Issues

Another common issue that can cause a home inspection to fail is foundation problems. These can range from cracks in the foundation to settling issues. If the foundation is not in good condition, it could mean major structural problems with the home.


3. Electrical Problems

If the home inspector finds any electrical problems, they will likely recommend fixing them before going through with the purchase. Electrical problems can range from outdated wiring to improper grounding. A professional should address any electrical issues before you move forward with the purchase.


4. Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems are another common issue that can fail a home inspection. These include leaks to outdated water heaters, fixtures, or leaking pipes. If there are any plumbing issues, it's important to get them fixed before you move into the home.


5. Pest Infestation

Lastly, pest infestation is a serious problem that can fail a home inspection. This includes everything from rats and mice to termites and other insects. If there is any evidence of pests, it's important to get rid of them before you move into the home.


What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is an examination of the condition of a home. It is typically done by a professional inspector who will check for things like structural integrity, pest infestation, and electrical and plumbing problems. A home inspection is generally required when buying a new home.


What Happens if a Home Inspection Fails?

If a home inspection fails, it means that there are significant problems with the property that need to be addressed. The buyer may cancel the purchase or negotiate with the seller to have the repairs made before going through with the sale.


How to Find the Best Home Inspector?

If you're looking for a home inspector, it's important to find one that is experienced and reputable. You can ask friends or family for recommendations or look for online reviews. Once you've found a few inspectors to choose from, you can compare prices and services to find the best one for your needs.


What Should I Look for in a Home Inspector?

When looking for a home inspector, you should look for someone experienced and certified. You should also ask them about their qualifications and experience. NACHI and ASHI are two of the most popular home inspector certification organizations. Most state also requires state licensing to be a home inspector.



These are just a few of the most common things that fail a home inspection. If you're thinking about buying a property, be sure to have it inspected by a qualified professional beforehand. By doing this, you can avoid any major surprises down the road!

Comments (15)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Hubert - I think proper preparation and realistic expectations are important when it comes to the home inspection process.  You're correct, its significance to a real estate transaction make understanding it crucial. 

An informed inspector who has the ability to explain findings can be quite helpful.  Congratulations on your second ActiveRain post.  It's always good to see when a member continues on a new path of sharing, learning and exploring this community.  Here's to continued success in your business as well as your AR journey.  Good luck.  

Oct 05, 2022 11:53 AM
Hubert Miles

I completely agree. Communication is essential to a clientsunderstanding a home inspector's findings. 

Oct 05, 2022 04:24 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net


Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Oct 05, 2022 01:08 PM
Hubert Miles

Thank you

Oct 05, 2022 04:25 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Welcome to ActiveRain. Inspections are important to the buying process and an inspector that explains the process and issues found help a buyer make a decision on going forward 

Oct 05, 2022 02:45 PM
Hubert Miles

Completely agree. One of the main problems in our market is that fewer clients attend home inspections since COVID and rarely contact us to discuss the inspectionfindings. 

Oct 05, 2022 04:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Hubert- and welcome to ActiveRain!  For many, home inspections can be a mystery and stressful. You've laid this out well...letting buyers understand what areas are key. And, it's good that you included what to do if the home has areas that fail the inspection. 

Oct 05, 2022 05:48 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Oct 06, 2022 02:10 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Oct 08, 2022 05:52 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Hubert. Those who can differentiate an observation from a problem are the true professionals. Enjoy your day.

Oct 09, 2022 05:16 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

As other have said well done and welcome to Active Rain Hubert Miles . Your post laid out the basics as each property shares these basics and possibly another uniqueness.

Oct 09, 2022 06:16 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Hubert Miles ,

Welcome to Active Rain. Loved your post as its a good outline to discuss with buyers and sellers. I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! I love forward to reading more of your posts.

Oct 09, 2022 07:36 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Good explanation and post with information both sellers and buyers can use when involved in a real estate transaction.

Oct 09, 2022 08:19 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Very simple facts of inspection aren’t really thought about by a lot of people, I find.  

Oct 09, 2022 10:05 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Welcome to ActiveRain, and yes, these are some of the larger items that can come up in a home inspection. Thank you for sharing!

Oct 10, 2022 05:15 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hubert - several of these will warrant walking away from the home.  Foundation issues are one of them.

Oct 10, 2022 07:47 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Hubert:

Welcome to Ar and thank for an informative post. Home inspections, and sometimes more specialized inspections, are an important part of the due diligence by any buyer.


Oct 10, 2022 05:39 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hubert Miles - These are all very expensive issues when left undone for too long. I will never understand why a Seller would expect the buyer to assume the expense of making major repairs when it all could have been prevented. You're bringing value to ActiveRain and I definitely appreciate your knowledge and expertise. 

Thank you. 

Oct 10, 2022 07:30 PM