Even seemingly small damage can lead to big problems.
The majority of homebuyers take the time to hire an inspector before purchasing their next home, as most real estate agents and other professionals suggest. But an inspector can’t necessarily spot every major flaw in your next property.
Here are the top six damages an inspector may miss in your next home, according to Realtor.com.
Dangerous DIY projects
Home sellers will naturally want to spruce up their homes before they put them on the market. But do-it-yourself renovations that aren’t done properly or use cheap materials can sometimes require expensive renovations.
Consider checking building permits with the local municipality to avoid confusion about previous home repairs, Tom Kraeutler, a former home inspector, told realtor.com.
Asking your inspector to use a camera to check inside your sewer and drain pipes usually costs extra, but Kraeutler said it’s a worthwhile expense. Without this thorough examination of your pipes, you could be spending thousands of dollars on repairs.
Inspectors don’t always go through every nook and cranny of a home’s appliances. An oversight regarding the water dispenser in your refrigerator, for example, could lead to a flooded kitchen due to a broken seal or faulty ice maker.
Make sure your inspector checks the functionality of each device to avoid any major issues later on.
Corroded air conditioning
If the inspection of your future home was carried out in cold weather, it is likely that no test was carried out on the air conditioner in the house.
According to Realtor.com, inspectors often won’t test air conditioning units if the temperature is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid damaging the unit. So if you know the temperatures are going to be cold, ask your inspector how he plans to check the air conditioner for any damage.
Wet terraces and porches
Water damage to decks, balconies and porches can lead to major expenses down the road, Bill Leys of Waterproofing Consultants told Realtor.com. Damage costs can even reach $100,000.
“A terrace or a balcony can also present serious security problems and risk collapsing,” he added.
Have your inspector investigate any cracks, rust, or soft spots around the drains in these areas to make sure you’re not buying a pitfall.
To properly check a home’s plumbing, your inspector will need to be thorough. From toilets to showers, every drain pipe will need to be checked while there is water flowing.
A faulty shower tray in particular can be an expensive replacement, Kraeutler told realtor.com.
Ask your inspector what he did to check your drain pipes and faucets to make sure they were as thorough as your future home requires.