Most Common Defects
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:
Mold. Unfortunately, mold has returned to the marketplace with a vengence. Sandy damaged houses have dramaticly increased a fairly benign issue back into the spotlight. Cleanup costs are significant
Roofing. Problems with roofing material are the single most common defect we find. Usually it doesn't mean the roof needs replacement, simply that it is in need of maintenance or ordinary 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. Superstorm Sandy has added a significant hazard to our houses. Electrical hazards are extremely dangerous!
Structural Framing. Oh, what were they thinking! Framing issues are a common inspection issue. While most framing is covered by sheetrock or wallboard, the overall effect, or defect, is usually visible. Sloped floors, major cracks in foundations and walls, and sagging roofs are hard to hide.
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 standards, and pose significant carbon monoxide hazards to the house and occupants. Proper venting is a major problem.
Gas furnace. Most gas furnaces seem to be in need of routine maintenance such as new filters, cleaning, and adjustments at the least. Many have other issues such as faulty operation, inadequate fire clearance, and improper venting installations as well. Carbon monoxide becomes a major concern.
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.