Common Issues Found During Home Inspection

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At Aerolite Consulting, we’re proud to provide high-quality home inspections for homes that are preparing to be sold. Our property inspectors have helped numerous people uncover major issues and prevent bad purchases, and have helped people confirm good ones as well.

What are our professionals looking for when we inspect a home you’re purchasing or selling? Here are some of the most common problems a home inspector will often run into.


Perhaps the most common issue found during residential inspections is various leaks, which can occur in several areas of the home. Roofs, attics, basements, and various plumbing areas all could show leaks, which can, in turn, lead to mold, rot and mildew issues that have to be addressed before a home can be sold properly.

Plumbing Problems

There are other plumbing issues that can take place as well, and these can be costly. It’s a simple reality that plumbing degrades over time and with wear and tear from water and other elements, and this can cause leaks or backups in the system when it becomes a more serious issue. Certain minor plumbing issues won’t stop a home sale, but others may signal code violations that must be fixed to move forward.

Grade Issues

Before a given home is built, the property has to pass basic standards for grading and firmness, as well as drainage. This is to make sure water runs away from a home rather than toward it, reducing the risk of flooding or water damage.

Over time, though, the home can “settle” into the soil. This can lead to a change in water paths, pooling around the home and eventually leaking. If there are grade issues found before a sale, the owner might have to regrade or install new drainage.

Wiring Problems

Wiring might be outdated or insufficient for the building it’s being used on, which will not meet code and will require updates. In other situations, upgrades will have been made that don’t meet codes, and these have to be fixed before they concern buyers.

For more on the kinds of issues commonly discovered at home inspections, or to learn about any of our meth, mold or radon testing services, speak to the pros at Aerolite Consulting today.