Top 10 Defects Found During a Home Inspection

Home Inspector with US Inspect

Knowing what some of the usual situations our consultants discover during an inspection allows you to be a well-informed buyer. Over the years, and borrowing on over a half million inspections, here’s what we’ve discovered as the top 10 defects in most homes. Repair and replacement costs for such items could cost you thousands of dollars!

    * Roof leaks due to poor flashing and / or roof material failure due to poor installation

    * Water penetration in the basement or crawlspace due to poor surface water control

    * Electrical safety issues due to age of home or homeowner alterations

    * Deterioration of the interior wall material behind shower and tub surround areas

    * Safety concerns associated with improperly installed decks, stairs or railings

    * Heating unit and distribution system problems due to age and workmanship or alterations

    * Structural concerns due to improper construction and/or alterations, or excessive unbalanced load

    * Fire safety issues related to fireplace chimneys

    * Wood deterioration caused by termites or other wood destroying organisms due to local environment or conducive conditions

    * General fire and safety issues with home ownership

U.S. Inspect strongly encourages home buyers to attend the inspection with our consultants. In our 2 to 3-hour walking consultation, you’ll learn all about your new home—first-hand information about the condition of the property, how the house operates, where the main shut-off valves to the utilities are located, and much more. And if defects are discovered during the inspection, we’ll explain the possible cause as well as your options to have those defects corrected. With U.S. Inspect, you’re guaranteed to make a well informed buying decision!


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David Phelps
The Roofing Company, Inc. - Portsmouth, VA

Good advice every homeowner should have. A yearly checklist will help as well.

Feb 09, 2009 09:45 AM #1
Craig Iden
Golden State Home Inspections - Sacramento, CA

Your top two make since to me. Moisture is the enemy. It is the cause of most issues found during a home inspection. Even in a fairly dry area like mine.

Feb 15, 2009 02:25 PM #2
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