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 replaced, 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. These can also be the result of leaking plumbing pipes or leaks from an HVAC system which may be in an attic, etc.
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 just to name a few.
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. There is also a possibility of finding rotted wood under a home in the crawlspace.
Water heater installations Many water heaters are not installed in full compliance with local plumbing code. Often they are installed without building permits.
Gas furnace Most gas furnaces seem to be in need of routine maintenance such as new filters, cleaning burners and coils, etc. Many have other issues such as faulty operation, loose ductwork, improper venting and many other problems are often encountered.
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 that if undetected could cause thousands of dollars in damage.
Structural damage Rotted floors. Hidden damage in crawlspaces and attic moisture and ventilation problems in the attic and crawlspace.