Before purchasing a house for sale in Irvine, CA, most potential buyers conduct a home inspection. The final inspection report provides valuable information that can sometimes make or break a home sale. However, inspections can also miss some crucial issues that could spell financial disaster down the line.
1. Faulty Roofs
Because home inspectors are not legally required to physically inspect the roof, roof woes are at the top of our list. An inspector’s inability to physically see the roof makes them prone to overlooking substantial issues. Fun fact: 39 percent of home insurance claims involve roofing problems.
2. Water Damage
External damage is easy to see. It’s the internal damage hidden in your potential new home’s walls that are problematic. Make sure your inspector uses an infrared (IR) camera to identify moisture intrusions.
3. Drainage Problems
You’ll find drainage issues in every shape and size, varying from clogged gutters to sinister flood lines along basement walls. Sometimes the answers are simple, such as cleaning gutters. Other times, you’re looking at more intense problems. Make sure the foundations are checked. Compromised foundations are not only expensive, but can also affect your ability to get a mortgage.
4. HVAC Problems
It’s not uncommon for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) issues to get overlooked in home inspections. Inspectors should confirm HVAC units are functional, but they make no guarantee they’ll keep working once the home’s purchased. If the home you’re interested in seems old, or the sellers don’t remember when it was serviced, getting it tuned up or inspected prior to sale can save you a lot of money (and headaches).
5. Floor Problems
Floor issues can be the difference between a positive investment and a financial nightmare. Weak subfloors will not only have soft areas, but you’ll smell moldy, musty rot. Make sure you get a certified floor inspection to protect you if you suspect issues.Some buyers prefer homes that need a little TLC, while others are looking for move-in ready. Whatever your wants, we can show you homes for sale in Irvine aligned with your must-have list. Check out our inventory online or give us a call at (714) 454-6304 for more information on current listings.