When protecting your real estate investment, a home inspection is a key piece of the puzzle. Inspections can make buyers and sellers nervous as they await the report to learn the true condition of the home and what issues need to be addressed. At United Property Inspectors, Inc., our highly experienced, certified inspectors will deliver a complete narrative report within 24 hours of your inspection, which includes an overview of items that require attention. In this article, we’ll address some of the top home inspection flaws we uncover and how you can resolve them or avoid them altogether.

Comprehensive Home Inspections

1. Structural Issues

Structural issues are one of the most dreaded red flags in the inspection report. If the inspector finds cracks in the foundation or sagging floors, this could indicate costly repairs ahead. The best course of action is to consult with a structural engineer to determine what you are facing and what they recommend as a solution. If you are the buyer, this will play a role in your negotiation or could even cause you to halt the home sale completely.

2. Electrical Problems

If the inspector finds your home is plagued with old wiring, overloaded circuits, or any other electrical issues, you must defer to a certified electrician for repairs. Electrical problems are not something to delay, as they can pose a safety risk to the home’s inhabitants. If you are selling your home and suspect you may have faulty wiring, it’s best to get this remediated before you list your home on the market.

3. HVAC System Issues

The inspector will evaluate the operation and efficiency of your HVAC system and note any problems. If you plan on selling your home, you should schedule regular HVAC maintenance to prevent costly repairs from stalling the sale. You should also regularly change your filters to ensure you don’t create any unnecessary problems. It’s always better to catch issues early before they escalate.

4. Plumbing Leaks

No one wants to move into a home and immediately face plumbing leaks or other issues. If the inspector finds a problem with your plumbing, it must be repaired by a plumber before the real estate transaction is complete. You should take care of home repairs as soon as you notice them, or else you will be working on someone else’s timeline with their contractor of choice.

Schedule Your Home Inspection

We inspect to a higher standard so you can have peace of mind in your real estate transfer. In addition to home buyer and seller inspections, United Property Inspectors offers mold inspections and testing, as well as pool and spa inspections. Contact us today at (916) 788-1111 for more information or to schedule your inspection. We serve Sacramento, Rocklin, Roseville, and surrounding residents.