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"What are the top problems home inspectors find?"

Most frequent house problems found by home inspectors

1. Improper surface grading/drainage:

Results in water penetration in the basement or crawl space.

2. Improper electrical wiring:

Includes insufficient electrical service to the house, inadequate overload protection, and amateur, often dangerous, wiring connections.

3. Roof damage:

Includes old or damaged shingles or improper flashing which cause water leakage.

4. Heating systems:

Includes broken or malfunctioning operation controls, blocked chimneys and unsafe exhaust disposal.

5. Poor overall maintenance:

Includes cracked, peeling, or dirty painted surfaces, crumbling masonry, makeshift wiring or plumbing, and broken fixtures or appliances.

6. Structure-related problems:

Includes damage to foundation walls, floor joists, rafters, and window and door headers.

7. Plumbing:

Includes old or incompatible piping materials, faulty fixtures and waste lines.

8. Exterior flaws:

Include inadequate caulking and/or weather stripping on windows, doors, and wall surfaces which leads to water and air penetration. 

9. Poor ventilation:

Includes over-sealed homes which result in excessive interior moisture that causes rotting and premature failure of structural and non-structural elements.

Source: The Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors

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