10 Most Common Home Inspection Problems of 2017

Date Published: January 8, 2018

At Scott Home Inspection, we find a wide range of problems during our home inspections. These issues can range from major structural problems to minor cosmetic scratches. Sometimes we will find something that makes us wonder “How is that even possible?” But those are the kinds of issues that make our day interesting and fun! After performing 4000 home inspections in 2017, we have compiled a list of the 10 most common home inspection problems that we identified this last year.

Why are these the most common home inspection problems?

Most problems found in a home are due to deferred maintenance or the lifespan of materials. Many of the problems are simple, recurring maintenance tasks that are not always kept up with. Others are due to certain components or materials having a limited lifespan, including roofs and water heaters, etc. Read more to see what we commonly find.

#10: Deck Staining

Periodic maintenance on decks and hand-railing areas is often neglected. Warping of the material can occur without proper coating and protection. Often cleaning alone and re-staining may be sufficient, but occasionally a complete sanding and re-finishing is needed.