I’ve researched home inspectors in my area and I’m confident in a couple of choices, but I want to be prepared to discuss any issues that may arise. Here is a list of some major problems that can be found during a home inspection according to Dixieland Inspection Services in Lakeland, FL.
The foundation, crawl space, slab, basement, frame, walls, and roof are elements of the structure. Natural disasters, poor drainage, settling, and poor construction can all cause problems with a home’s structure. Repairing any structural issues can be very costly.
Some signs of structural damage could include
Doors or windows that won’t close or open properly.
Drywall or plaster cracks, especially around door frames.
Cracks in basement walls (not especially common in Florida, of course).
Bowing of walls.
Gaps between walls and floors.
Uneven or slanting floors.
All roofs will need replacing periodically. Depending on the type of roof (shingle, tile, etc.) and the weather in your area, this might range from 10 to 40 years. (Many companies offer warranties, so this is something to ask about when looking at a home.) Broken shingles or exposed nail heads are minor things that are easily repaired, but be aware that delayed maintenance can cause major problems underneath the roof, such as water damage.
A small leak can wreak havoc if undetected or unrepaired, especially if mold and mildew take hold. This is not only bad for your home, but bad for your health as well. An inspector will also check to make sure the pipes are the right type. Older homes may have polybutylene pipes, for example, which are prone to bursting.