List of Some Common Repairs Needed After a Home Inspection
A good thorough Home inspection can uncover many different issues. Some of these issues can be categorized as superficial and some significant. Of these issues the buyer will have to decide which ones are common repairs and can be put off for say, a later date, which are in need of immediate repair. There are a few items which seem to continually come up during routine home inspections, some significant and some superficial. Nevertheless, these issues are still commonly found as we mention them here;
- Stucco cracks
- Broken roofing tiles
- Negative grade (low weep screed)
- Poor lot drainage
- Damaged sewer pipe
- Chimney fire stop damage or missing
- Missing GFI receptacles
- Leaking shower pans
- Reversed polarity receptacles
- Gas pipe sealant needed through refractory panel in fireplace
The first thing to remember is that all homes have issues. It’s the significance of the issue which separates the big from the small. Meanwhile, it’s the buyers responsibility to make sure the Home inspector is qualified enough to locate even the toughest of issues to detect and can effectively describe those issues to you in a way that is clear, concise and informative.
What are some of the most Common repairs needed after a home inspection?
Surprisingly, as home inspectors, doing this long enough we tend tend to notice consistencies within our inspections. At the same time, you have to understand that not all home inspectors are the same, know the same or do the same. The better home inspector will find more… obviously.
As a matter of fact, the better the home inspector is, the more knowledgeable he is, the longer he will then take. The longer a home inspectors takes, the more he finds.
As a buyer making common repairs, it’s all about pacing yourself
Buyers will a lot of times have to consult with contractors in order to get a better idea of the costs involved with repairs as well as prioritizing the repairs accordingly. This serves two purposes. The common repairs found in home inspections are just that, common. However, that said, it still doesn’t mean that buyers should just accept them as “typical“, or in other words… “no big deal”. And the issues, albeit common or otherwise all cost money to repair. And in time, the issues regardless of category type, will have to be repaired at some point and at your expense.
Are all common issues common?
There are situations where even the most common of issues mount up considerably. I’m more of a realist as a home inspector. So when I inspect a house and discover $10,000 worth of common issues I try to explain there is no difference between $10,000 in common issues requiring prompt attention and $10,000 to replace a sewer pipe. The common issues will still have to be addressed at some point, just as the sewer pipe.
Do you have the seller repair the issues or just get the cash and do them yourself?
As a home inspector for over 20 years and one who’s conducted over 14,000 inspections… I tell my buyers to always do the repairs yourself. In the event you receive compensation to have issues which were discovered during your home inspection repaired, the best thing you can do with that money is have your own contractor make the necessary repairs.
This serves two main purposes;
- You choose the contractor who’s best qualified
- Assuming you have a budget, you can thus shop between prospective contractors
- If the contractor is your choice, you can then supervise the work
Many times I’ve found that in a real estate transaction, the seller will try to use the least expensive contractor available to save a few bucks. In my years as an inspector having done hundreds of re-inspections, one thing never seems to surprise me. It’s how numerous times the repairs were performed just as poorly as the original offense.
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