Six Issues To Take Seriously After A Home Inspection.

OK, homebuyers- You love the house, but the inspection turns up with problems. The first thought that may come to mind is that the seller has to fix the problems, right? Wrong. 

Depending upon the contract, the seller may or may not be obligated to make repairs to a home. The inspection report should reveal items that need to be repaired. Buyers and sellers with the help of their agents can work out an inspection resolution.    

Here are the top six troublemakers: 

Damaged foundation. A foundation is the bedrock of the house upon which everything rests. Walk past the hairline cracks in the foundation wall, those are a normal sign of settling. But large cracks, dramatically uneven blocks or bowed walls suggest potentially catastrophic and expensive issues. Experts caution against moving forward on a contract until a structural engineer examines the foundation and makes a recommendation. 

Mold/Mildew.  Mold/Mildew is commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and anywhere else water is present. Large patches of mold/mildew should be remedied and diagnosed before the moving van arrives. 

Mold/Mildew not only leads to respiratory problems, it also means water is entering and collecting in the house. While the mold/mildew should be cleaned, the source of the mold/mildew must be addressed. The contract will identify what type of mold/mildew needs to be remedied by the seller.  

Polybutylene Piping. This piping is commonly found in homes built from 1978 to 1995, often insurance companies will not insure a home with this type of plumbing. The piping may need to be replaced with a current up to code plumbing system in order to get homeowners insurance prior to closing.  

Radon Gas. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that could cause serious health problems. Radon in any house or building is fixable. You can hire a radon mitigation company, who will resolve the issue.    

Bad wiring. Inspectors recommend replacing old wiring for safety reasons. In some older homes, upgrading the wiring system to a newer breaker panel may be necessary.  

Pests. Mice and cockroaches can be dealt with. But termites and carpenter ants are a problem. They can dangerously chew away on the wood that holds a home together. Inspectors who spot signs of insect damage will frequently recommend a pest expert to more precisely identify and treat the infestation. 

Home inspections help buyers avoid nasty surprises in the future. Buying a home is a big investment, it is important to have a home inspection conducted by a license inspector before sealing the deal.  

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