5 Common Home Inspection Red Flags (and quick fixes)
Selling your home can be a long process. If the home inspection doesn’t go well, it could take even longer.
The home inspection can be daunting. What if the inspector finds major problems? What if the buyer backs out unless you pay up to get those issues fixed? And what if they are expensive fixes? Luckily, there are cost-effective solutions to many common home-inspection problems, from damaged pipes to defective heating.
Stay on top of the issues so that you can save time, money, and headaches when it’s time for the inspection. And if you’ve already weathered a home inspection, it’s not too late! These fixes can still save time and money, and satisfy your home buyer, too.
According to Realtor magazine, these are five of the most coming home inspection problemsyou might run in to, and our solutions for taking care of the issues without breaking the bank.
Home Inspection Red Flag #1: Clogged Gutters
Clogged or bent gutters that aren’t channeling water away from the house, which can lead to
Home Inspection Red Flag #2: Foundation Cracks
Cracks in the foundation of the house, which can lead to mold growth or collapse.
Solution: Fill cracks in the foundation with silicone caulk, because it lasts longer than plumber’s putty, and won’t damage surfaces.
Home Inspection Red Flag #3: Damaged Pipes
A sewer line backupis a huge problem that can lead to extensive costs and weeks of repair time.
Solution: The traditional solution—replacing the pipes—isn’t a whole lot better. While it solves the problem, it’s not easy on the budget, and the work involved requires digging up your yard, landscaping, and even the inside of your home, leading to even more repair costs
Home Inspection Red Flag #4: Inadequate water pressure
Solution: Check water pressure using a pressure gauge, available at home improvement stores. Connect the pressure gauge to an outside faucet. If your water pressure is below 45 PSI, try turning the handle of the shut-off valves near your water meter. Be sure to keep your water pressure regulator below 75 PSI to avoid plumbing damage. Otherwise, if your faucets outside are working fine, it might be time to clean or replace the specific sink, shower, or other fixture with low water pressure. Maplewood Plumbing offers water pressure restoration services, including cleaning and replacement.
Home Inspection Red Flag #5: Lack of Curb Appeal
While having an unkempt exterior won’t cause you to fail a home inspection, it can draw the attention of home inspectors and cause them – and potential buyers – to believe the inside of the home isn’t well taken care of either.
Solution: If the outside of your home is looking a bit…drab, a few quick fixes can help.
With preventative maintenance and routine inspections of your home’s plumbing and other fixtures, you may avoid some of these common problems seen during a home inspection. The quicker you pass a home inspection, the closer you are to selling your home!
If you have noticed any of these issues in your own home and are preparing for a home inspection (either soon or perhaps down the road), Maplewood Plumbing is happy to help make your home inspection-ready. Call us today at 314-300-0189 or visit https://maplewoodplumbing.com/to learn more about how to prepare your home to pass an inspection with flying colors!
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