Home inspectors are almost certain to find problems with any house, no matter how old or how well-maintained it is. Inspectors usually look for safety-related problems as well as high-ticket items, including the following.
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Roofs get a lot of attention from home inspectors. Normal wear and tear, and aging are common roof problems as are missing or damaged flashing. Flashing covers joints at roof transitions and protrusions, such as pipes or skylights. Missing or damaged flashing is often a sign of leaks.
Most foundations consist of poured concrete or concrete block. The downside to this is that concrete often cracks. Serious cracks cause the foundation to move or shift, and doors and windows to be out of whack and hard to open. Significant cracks in drywall or plaster walls and ceilings can appear. Foundation walls that bow inward also can mean serious issues. If a contractor sees these signs, an inspector may ask an engineer to assess the foundation.
Roof problems can let water from the outside get inside the house. Plumbing leaks signal water damage occurring inside the house. Even small leaks can create big problems for nearby materials and even a home’s structure. Signs of leaks, past or present, usually go on inspection reports.
Galvanized steel water pipes in an old home will need replacement sooner or later. Low water pressure can also mean the pipes are getting smaller due to corrosion on the inside.
Your roofer can do a whole-home inspection of your property. Homeowners in Minneapolis and St. Paul can turn to us for exterior improvements. Give us a call at (651) 688-6368, or fill out our contact form to set up your free in-home consultation.