Even with those extremes, it’s the daily, weekly, and monthly weather that punishes our homes. That requires regular ongoing maintenance to keep on top of minor issues well before they become major headaches.
Timely home maintenance also pays off when you’re selling your home. At that point, your home will undergo a detailed inspection conducted by a professional home inspector.
In this article, we’ve gathered a listing of top issues you can expect to find from a home inspection. This is a good starting point for guiding your home maintenance efforts and protecting your home from natural weather events.
Top 7 Home Inspection Issues in Michigan
A home inspection helps the buyer determine exactly what they are buying, making sure there are no major issues with the home.
1. Structural Problems
Structural problems affect the home’s integrity from top to bottom. Typically found here are windows and doors out of alignment as well as damaged floor joists, rafters, and foundation walls. You’ll also see cracks in basement or crawl space walls. These can be very serious problems. We’re experts at foundation repair and can help with a free inspection and repair estimate.
2. Property Grading
A survey conducted by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (IACHA) placed this issue at the top of their list with 36% identifying it as the top issue they found. Improper grading can lead to water pooling around the home and finding its way into the basement or crawl space. This is also related to gutters and downspouts that need to move the water off the roof and onto the ground. They need to be in good repair and clear of obstructions.
Moisture buildup from poor property grading and structural problems can also lead to mold, mildew, and even rotting wood. Mold can be a very serious issue affecting your family’s health. It’s best to work with experts to add drains, ventilation, and vapor and moisture barriers to prevent mold in the first place.
4. Faulty Electrical Wiring
Older homes may use dated wiring methods that limit the current carrying capacity resulting in appliances not getting enough power. It can also result in overheated wiring that could cause electrical fires. An inspection will identify whether the breaker box and wiring have the capacity to meet the needs of your home. It will further point out missing ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets that are required in areas with water, such as kitchens and bathrooms. This item came in second on the IACHA listing with 20% rating it as the top item on their inspection list.
5. Plumbing Issues
As with electrical wiring, plumbing is typically hidden behind walls and under floors. This makes them both expensive to fix and replace. Things to watch for with plumbing include low water pressure, dripping faucets, slow drains, and leaky pipes under sinks or in the basement or crawl space. Small leaks can cause rotting as well as mold or mildew buildup. A leaking toilet could cause rotting in the floor. That requires flooring replacement.
Termites, ants, carpenter bees, mice, and other pests can take up residence and do significant damage to a home. A termite or general pest inspection is important along with follow-up treatment and replacement of any damaged wood. All these pests can cause serious damage that can jeopardize the structural integrity of your home.
7. Roof Problems
Things to watch for include missing shingles that can cause leaks, sagging roof line due to structural damage, and rotting eaves. The age of the shingles is an important factor as well. Asphalt shingles normally have a 15 to 40-year lifetime. Wear and tear from wind, hail, and rain can require early replacement. Rubber boots around pipes and damaged attic vents and may also require periodic replacement.
A survey of home buyers conducted by Porch found that 86% of home inspections identified at least one item that needed to be fixed. Ranked at the top were roof, electrical, and window problems. Gutters, downspouts, landscape grading, and foundation issues were also big items on their list.
We Can Help with Foundation Issues
As you review home maintenance challenges, we suggest consulting the professionals at Foundation Systems of Michigan for a free inspection and repair estimate.