Home inspections can often reveal many underlying issues that can often go undetected. Here at 360 inspections we have compiled a top 5 list of the most common issues we encounter out in the field. Whether it's a condo, house or revenue property these were the most commonly flagged issues we detected:
#1 Grading and Drainage:
Grading and Drainage took the pole position on our list due to it's consistent manifestation around homes that were inspected. Grading was often inexistent (flat)in most cases or even negative (towards the house) in severe cases. This issue keeps water around the foundation in an area that should be dry. Drainage being just as important was also neglected with most homeowners having their downspouts drain within 1 foot of their foundation wall. In order to successfully evacuate gutter water from your house you must have at least a 4 foot downspout.
Plumbing was a close second on our list with many issues coming from older homes. Generally speaking the older the plumbing installation the more issues we found. Most of the issues noted were from old materials used as well as poor installation practices. We also noted many household items that were used on a daily basis that were faulty including faucets, showers and toilets.
Roofing cannot be forgotten and placed 3rd on our list. A typical roof will last 15 to 20 years but this will often depend on many factors including location, weather conditions as well as improper installation. Roofing is often the most sound investment you can make on your home since it is the most important component preventing water damage to the whole building.
Electrical due to safety issues placed 4th on our list. The most common issues found with Electrical installations was improper wiring, poor connections and proper grounding. Since electrical problems are one of the main causes for building perils these issues should be serviced immediately.
Ventilation and the lack thereof placed itself 5th on our list. Many of the houses inspected simply didn't have enough ventilation. Generally speaking most homeowners
habits create moisture, and with insufficient ventilation this moisture can cause mold and other unhealthy conditions throughout the home. The most common issues were bathrooms without fans and kitchens with faulty or poorly vented range hoods.