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 I most commonly find when inspecting a home:

Roofing Problems with roofing material are common. Usually it doesn't mean the roof needs replacement, simply that it is in need of maintenance or repair. In many cases it is what's going on in the attic and mother nature that can stress roofing material.

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. The use of a moisture meter can determine if it is active at the time of the inspection. This is one reason why a rainy day is a good day for an inspection.

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 in basement and crawl spaces, siding and trim outside, window sills and locations where two components meet such as decks.

Heating systems
Most furnaces or boilers seem to be in need of routine maintenance such as new filters or cleaning service at the least. Many have other issues such as faulty operation, inadequate venting or are simply nearing the end of their design life.

Plumbing defects
Plumbing issues commonly found include dripping faucets, leaking fixtures, slow drains etc... Even in brand newer homes, it is common to identify minor plumbing defects.

Venting issues
A common mistake in homes, even newer ones, is to have the bathroom exhaust fan venting into the attic. It is common to see the vent line droped over the soffit vent. The problem is the soffit vent is designed to pull air in and will pull that moisture back into the attic. I have many photos to show this. Nothing should be venting into the attic. Ideally all exhaust fans should discharge directly to the exterior.