A key objective when buying a house is to have a safe environment where your family can thrive. Order an inspection to discover problems and safety concerns in the home. Many issues are easy to address and major problems might lead to renegotiating with the seller. Here are important things to look for in your home inspection report.

Poor Drainage will be Noted in Your Home Inspection Report

Improper grading and drainage may be due to poor construction practices or the soil settling over time. This is a concern because it can lead to water pooling and problems with mosquitoes and flooding. A professional will recommend ways to improve drainage and channel water away from the home.

Poor Overall Maintenance

You hope to move into a home that was cared for and well-maintained. An inspector may notice cracks in the walls, deteriorating stonework, mold growth, improvised wiring, shoddy plumbing work, and damaged fixtures. If basic maintenance has been neglected, more serious damage may also be present. Homes that are not well-maintained may have issues with foundation walls, floor joists, rafters, and windows.

Faulty Wiring

A common problem in older homes is an insufficient or out-of-date electrical system. Older homes were not designed to handle the electrical needs of a modern family. This is a potentially dangerous situation that should not be overlooked. You may find that the system cannot manage the television, computers, game systems, and other devices you’ll need to power. To bring a house up to modern standards, it may be necessary to replace the entire electrical system or add another circuit or two.

Poor Ventilation

Poor ventilation in a home can lead to excess moisture and high indoor humidity. This may cause mold growth, warping of window and door frames, and damage to structural components. High humidity can also make allergies worse. Install ventilation fans in each bathroom and make sure the kitchen range hood fan works properly. Your home inspector will verify the attic has sufficient ventilation and that exhaust fans in the home function properly.

Your Home Inspection Report will List Roof Issues

The roof is one of the most important components of a house. It protects your family, belongings, and the structure of your home from the elements. Even a minor roof leak can cause major water damage and result in costly repairs. During an inspection, the condition of the roof will be assessed. The inspector will note any problems or damage and may estimate the lifespan of the roof.

Environmental Hazards in the Home

Environmental issues can cause health problems for your family. Talk to your home inspector about testing for lead-based paint, asbestos, and radon. Your inspector may also offer water testing services or will be able to recommend a company that does. Before closing on a new home, it’s important to understand any safety issues with the property. Some can be costly to mitigate and you may want to consider renegotiating the price of the home.

A home inspection will give you valuable information on the condition of the property. You can make sure it is safe and healthy for your family and can budget for repairs and upgrades based on the findings in the report.

TMK Inspections offers inspection services in Southeast Pennsylvania. Contact us to request an appointment.