Key Home Inspection Items to Pay Attention to

Real Estate Agent with Roots & Wings Realty Group / Walzel TREC #702048

Home inspections are crucial for both buyers and sellers, as they unveil potential issues that could affect the sale. Among the myriad of things inspected, here are six major items that demand attention due to their impact on safety and cost.

Foundation Concerns:

  • Over time, a house's foundation may deteriorate, posing a threat to the entire structure.
  • Signs include large cracks, misaligned doors/windows, and uneven floors.
  • Addressing foundation issues early can prevent extensive damage.

Roof Condition:

  • Inspectors check for leaks, damaged shingles, and other roofing problems.
  • Roof lifespan varies by material, e.g., Asphalt lasts 15-30 years, while metal can last 50-70 years.
  • Repair costs vary, but replacing a roof is a significant expense.

HVAC System Efficiency:

  • The functionality and condition of the HVAC system are inspected for wear and tear.
  • Lifespan varies by location; systems last longer in cooler climates.
  • Replacement costs can be substantial, averaging around $5,725 in Houston.

Galvanized Piping:

  • Common in older homes, galvanized pipes rust over time, leading to leaks and poor water pressure.
  • Repairing involves relining with epoxy, but severely rusted pipes may require replacement.
  • Replacement costs vary by material, e.g., Copper costs around $13 per linear foot.

Electrical Panel Safety:

  • Outdated electrical panels can become overloaded, posing fire risks.
  • Certain brands like Federal Pacific Electric and Zinsco are deemed unsafe due to design flaws.
  • Replacement costs range from $1,500 to $2,500 in the Southwestern US.

Water Heater Functionality:

  • Essential for daily operations, water heaters typically need replacement every 10 years.
  • Common issues include leaks, inadequate hot water supply, and long heating times.
  • Repair costs average around $375 in Texas, while replacement averages about $1,564.

Preparation is key to a smooth inspection process. Addressing these major items beforehand can lead to a more favorable inspection report, aiding in a seamless transaction between you and the buyer.

Posted by


Rae Hoffman


Katy Texas Real Estate Agent
Roots & Wings Realty Group
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Comments (9)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Rae. Through home inspection should report all issues addressed in the contract and other issues that may come up in the normal course of ownership. Buyers need to be educated on the difference. Enjoy your day.

Sep 30, 2023 05:54 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Sep 30, 2023 06:37 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

We also have some issue (mostly with mid 90s homes) with polybutylene pipes an (in 1960s homes) cloth covered wires.

Sep 30, 2023 07:16 AM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

Hi Rae,

Your post provides valuable insights into key home inspection items that both buyers and sellers should pay attention to. These six critical areas that can have a significant impact on the safety and cost of a property.

Sep 30, 2023 11:43 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Rae Hoffman good advice.  All those items can cost be dollars.

Sep 30, 2023 04:32 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rae, the inspection process is so important in a transaction, and wonderful key points.

Sep 30, 2023 11:16 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Oct 01, 2023 01:35 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

It’s a great post. Thank you for sharing!


Have a super fantastic week!

Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Oct 02, 2023 09:51 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Rae, the sad thing is when the market was so hot 1-2 years ago and inventory super low...buyers were waiving their rights to a home inspection or wouldn't ask for repairs...I think many buyers regret that decision now.

Oct 30, 2023 12:44 PM