What things fail a home inspection?

FYI home inspectors don't Pass or Fail your home! They actually inspect your home photograph and document the home's physical condition and through a reporting system, an inspector will advise whether the items or materials found need to be maintenance, repaired, or replaced. The following items or materials listed below are the most observed defects or damages found.

1. Issues with Structural: Most structural movement signs start on the outside. The first step in how to tell if a home is structurally sound is to simply look around the outside and notice any issues, aesthetic or otherwise, that may be present. Driveway/sidewalk cracks caused by normal settling of the ground. The most common cracks you’ll see are stair-stepping cracks, which go up in a diagonal pattern like stair steps, common with (CMU) common mortar unit installation. Which is a common construction build in Florida. However, you can also experience vertical or horizontal brick cracks. If you see any type of brick or stonework cracks on the outside of your home, it could lead to foundation problems in the future.

2. Issues with Plumbing: During a home inspection, kitchens are one of the biggest concerns for the new home buyers and even the insurance company that will need to insure your property. The most common issues noted are leaky faucets and vanities along with poor drainage. DYI also plays a role in the fails because the owners/contractors improperly installed drainage fixtures, supply lines, water heaters.

3. Issues with Electrical: Home Inspectors and insurance carriers both make sure that the electrical has no material or workmanship defects that would contribute to a fire loss to the property. Did you know that local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 44,880 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction each year? Most of this has to do with DYI electrical repairs or overloading of electronics to a single outlet. Inspectors will fail the following, ungrounded outlets, double-tapped wires, improperly installed wires, breakers, or fixtures.

4. Issues with HVAC: Home Inspectors and insurance carriers both make sure that the HVAC has no material or workmanship defects. Did you know that an improperly installed HVAC unit can cause gas leaks like carbon monoxide? If the unit is too small the furnace may not remove moisture from the air some construction material may get high moisture which then will cause mold or mildew which is then transferred if disturbed into the vents and distributed to other rooms in the home. Maintenance issues may also be a fail check-off on an inspector's report.

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