Home inspections are a common solution used by homebuyers to assess the condition of a property before making the decision to buy it. As Investopedia notes, a home inspection can be a contingency in a buyer’s purchase offer, giving them an ‘out’ from the deal should the inspector note significant defects with a house after a home inspection is performed.
It’s also for this reason that home inspections can be a great idea for homeowners looking to sell their property. By having your home inspected, you get an unbiased review of its condition, what its selling points are, and what potential improvements can be made to increase your home’s value. In short, an inspection is an appraisal of the selling value of your home.
With professional home inspectors seeing thousands of homes each year, it shouldn’t be a surprise how every now and then, they stumble across a home with problems so bad, putting it on the market without fixing these issues would be next to impossible. Below are a few weird and worst-case scenarios you don’t want your home inspector to include in their report.
1. Problems with the Foundation
Home inspection findings that reveal issues with your home’s foundation can be a massive headache, not to mention one of the most expensive repair jobs you can make to your home. According to Home Advisor, foundational problems involving hydraulic piers can cost as much as $10,000 or more, and seemingly small cracks can set you back $500.
In other words, after a home inspection, you don’t want to see the words ‘foundation problems’ in your inspection report’s findings. If a home inspector has found large cracks that may indicate structural weakness, you may be recommended to consult the services of a foundation engineer.
2. Mold Infestation
If you thought mold was just a smelly problem, think again. Mold and mildew, when left alone (see “How to Get Rid of Mold”), can compromise the structural integrity of your home, especially if it’s an area like your home’s basement or crawl space. In this case, mold growth is a symptom of high moisture, something you don’t want anywhere near wood.
And that’s usually how it is with mold problems, which typically indicate an even larger problem: water penetrating the foundation or leaky plumbing left alone for months. This means you not only have to deal with the cost of removing the mold itself, you also have to spend money on repairing the root cause of the mold growth.
An infestation of black mold can also be a serious health hazard, causing a host of problems ranging from respiratory issues like coughing and asthma, to reactions like sneezing and bleeding in the lungs.
3. Problems with Your Roof
A poorly maintained roof can also translate to an expensive repair job. If you notice singles that are beginning to or have already curled, or see signs of water damage on your topmost ceiling, you need to check what’s going on with your roof.
If the home inspector reports a problem affecting a large portion of your roof, don’t be surprised if this costs you a sale. After a home inspection, a thorough home inspector will be able to provide an estimate of how many years the roof has left in its lifespan, which you can use when negotiating a selling price.
But if your roof issue is a serious one, you may need to plunk down cash for a brand new roof, which can easily cost well over $15,000, depending on the size or style of your roof.
4. Pest Problems
Sure, mice and rats are bad, but the real pests that can literally bring your entire house down are termites.
If your home inspector notes that you have a mice or rat problem, you can usually get rid of those pesky intruders in an affordable manner with traps or monthly exterminations.
Termites, on the other hand, are a lot trickier. After a home inspection reports termite damage, you not only need to kill them, you also need to replace the wood with termite damage and watch out for signs of their return—note that termites are attracted to moist wood, so be sure to keep your home’s wooden foundations dry.
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