Home Inspection Red Flags

A home inspection is invaluable to your buyers, especially because it can pinpoint problems that are potential deal breakers. Help your clients avoid buying a white elephant—and incurring expenses that come with it—by giving them a heads up about these particular issues.

Once termites make themselves at home, getting rid of them is tricky. The sooner they are detected, the less damage done. Termites can come back, so advise your clients to hire a professional pest control expert to keep termites away for good.

Drainage problems.
Poor drainage can lead to rotting wood, wet basements and major mold growth, which can spell long-term moisture issues. Let clients know they can help prevent water damage by replacing the gutters or correcting the grading. However, that may not be enough to solve bigger drainage problems.

Cracked or crumbling foundation.
While older homes have lots of charm, their foundations can become weak or damaged over time. Make sure your clients know the expense of repairing a foundation can range from moderate to incredibly expensive.

Worn roofing.
There’s a huge difference in price between a roof repair and a roof replacement. If asbestos is a factor, the expense is generally greater due to costly disposal and containment processes.

Toxic materials.
Toxic finishes, like lead, paint and Chinese drywall, can lead to expensive repairs. Chinese drywall is a relatively new material that was used mostly between 2004-2005. It gives off sulfur gases, which can lead to illness as well as damage to home systems. The fix is to have it completely removed and replaced at a cost of about $40/sq. ft.


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