Home Inspections: 3 Problems That May Be Found And Put A Stop To Your Home Sale

Posted on: 27 December 2016

Whether you are buying or selling a house, it can all come to an end after the home inspection process. As a buyer, you may find yourself heading back to the listings and looking for a new home because you just lost the home of your dreams. As a seller, you may find yourself out thousands of dollars fixing to the mistakes in order to get your house back up on the market for sale. Alternatively, you may both find yourselves trying to work out a deal that will keep you both in the game. Regardless, here are a few potential problems that may crop up during an inspection:

Problem #1: Foundation Issues

A home inspector is going to look for cracks in the foundation (interior and exterior), damp crawlspaces, uneven gaps between doors and windows, sloping floors, etc. All of these are indicators that there is a foundation problem, which could be being caused by an inadequate slope in the landscaping resulting in water puddling directly next to the home. Ultimately, a professional will need to be phoned to inspect this, as the foundation is the home's structural support system and is one of the most important parts of the overall home.

Problem #2: Defective Electrical Wiring

Many home fires are the result of defective electrical wiring. As a result, this is a main concern when it comes to home inspections. While ceilings, walls, etc. cannot be opened up by home inspectors, they can look at everything else. Electrical panels need to be up to code, properly labeled and at proper capacity. Wires cannot be taped, spliced, or exposed. In addition, a licensed electrician is usually required to do all work unless a permit was not required for the job, and proof of this may need to be submitted to the home inspector.

Problem #3: Roofing Issues

The roof is what protects everything inside the home, so when there's a problem with the roof, there's a lot at stake. A home inspector may find mold, damage to the flashing, or overall structural damage – all of which can result in the need of serious, expensive repair.  

A realtor can provide you with the best advice on how to proceed; however, as a seller, the best thing that you can probably do is to have your home inspected before putting it up for sale. This will ensure that any potential problems are fixed ahead of time, which will help save everyone the hassles of going through the closing process only for it to be a waste of time. Of course, alternatively, you can take the risk and hope the buyer is willing to negotiate if any problems arise during the inspection.