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No house is perfect... Even the best built and best maintained homes will always
have a few items in less than perfect condition. Below are some of the items we most
commonly find when inspecting a home:
Roofing – Problems with roofing material are the single most common defect we find.
Usually it doesn’t mean the roof needs replacing, simply that it is in need of
maintenance or repair.
Ceiling stains – Caused by past or present leaks, ceiling stains are very common. It
can be difficult to tell whether the stains are from leaks still present, or were caused
by leaks which have since been repaired.
Electrical hazards – Most common in older homes, but often found in newer homes as
well. Electrical hazards come in many forms, from ungrounded outlets to wiring done
incorrectly by the homeowner.
Rotted wood – Caused by being wet for extended periods of time, most commonly
found around tubs, showers and toilets inside, or roof eaves and trim outside.
Water heater installations – Many water heaters are not installed in full compliance
with local plumbing code.
Gas furnace – Most gas furnaces seem to be in need of routine maintenance such as
new filters or gas company certification at the least. Many have other issues such as
faulty operation or inadequate fire clearance as well.
Plumbing defects – Plumbing issues commonly found include dripping faucets,
leaking fixtures, slow drains etc... Even in brand new homes, it is common to identify
minor plumbing defects.
Pyrite - If you experience swelling of stone backfill, you probably have a pyrite
problem, depending on what type of aggregates were used as backfill.
Dry soil sagging - Settlement or sagging can happen to a building due to unusually
dry soil conditions.