"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.
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