Over the last two years, our friends at U.S. Inspect have identified nearly one million inspection issues. Below is a list of the top 10 they see most often, several of which are a safety concern.
Many of these problems can be easily identified and repaired before you list your home with us, saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in post-contract repair costs. Please consult your Jenkins Real Estate Group Realtor® for more information about this important topic.
Top 10 Inspection Issues
- A standard receptacle is installed in a location that mandates a GFCI device.
- A light fixture is inoperative.
- The gutter’s downspout extension is missing. Downspout extensions are required to carry away roof run-off water from the foundation.
- The range/oven’s anti-tip device is missing or improperly installed. This may allow the appliance to fall forward.
- Some of the home’s wood trim has deteriorated.
This allows moisture to enter the home and may cause hidden damage behind the trim.
- The toilet base is loose. This can lead to leaks which may cause hidden water damage to surrounding areas.
- One or more windows have a failed insulated glass seal.
This allows condensation stains to develop between the glass panes and may compromise the visibility, appearance, and insulation value of the window. Replacement of the insulated glass unit, the sash, or the entire window assembly is usually required to correct this problem. If you’re the original homeowner, many quality window manufacturers have warranties that may cover this problem.
- Carbon monoxide detectors are missing. If the home has fuel-burning appliances, which emit CO (carbon monoxide), or an attached garage that’s connected to the living space a CO detector may be required.
- A receptacle is loose in the wall or in its junction box. This may damage or loosen the wire connections.
- Caulk or grout is deteriorated or missing around the tub/shower area. This may allow water penetration behind the surface, which can cause hidden damage.