Common Home Defects

When it comes to buying a home, it’s essential to be aware of the common defects that can be found during a home inspection. These defects can range from minor issues to major problems that can be costly to repair. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the most common home defects, as revealed by a survey of 998 homebuyers conducted by

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  x-axis "Defect" ["Roof", "Electrical", "Windows", "Gutter", "Plumbing", "Overhanging Branches", "Fencing", "Water Heater", "Exterior Ways/Landings", "Air Conditioning", "Exterior Paint", "Foundation Issues", "Downspouts", "Improper Grading", "Moisture"]
  y-axis "Percentage of Reports with Defect" 1 --> 20
  bar [19.7, 18.7, 18.4, 16.9, 13.6, 13.3, 12.6, 12.2, 11.9, 9.9, 9.6, 8.9, 8.9, 8.8, 8.5]

As the chart above shows, the most common defect found in home inspections is related to the roof, with 19.7% of reports indicating issues in this area. This is not surprising, as the roof is one of the most critical components of a home, protecting it from the elements and ensuring the safety and comfort of its occupants. Common roof defects can include missing or damaged shingles, leaks, and improper ventilation.

The second most common defect is related to electrical issues, with 18.7% of reports indicating problems in this area. Electrical defects can range from minor issues like outdated wiring or loose outlets to major safety hazards like overloaded circuits or exposed wires. It’s crucial to have any electrical issues addressed by a licensed professional to ensure the safety of the home and its occupants.

Windows are another common area of concern, with 18.4% of reports indicating defects. Common window issues can include broken seals, cracks, and improper installation, which can lead to drafts, leaks, and decreased energy efficiency.

Gutters and downspouts are also frequently mentioned in home inspection reports, with 16.9% and 8.9% of reports indicating defects, respectively. These components play a critical role in directing water away from the home’s foundation, and defects can lead to water damage, erosion, and even foundation issues.

Plumbing defects are another common issue, with 13.6% of reports indicating problems in this area. Common plumbing issues can include leaks, clogs, and outdated or damaged pipes. These issues can lead to water damage, mold growth, and even structural damage if left unaddressed.

Overhanging branches, fencing, and exterior walks and landings are also frequently mentioned in home inspection reports, with 13.3%, 12.6%, and 11.9% of reports indicating defects, respectively. These issues can pose safety hazards and can also lead to damage to the home’s exterior if not properly maintained.

Other common defects include issues with the water heater (12.2%), air conditioning (9.9%), exterior paint (9.6%), foundation (8.9%), improper grading (8.8%), and moisture (8.5%). Each of these issues can have significant implications for the safety, comfort, and value of the home.

It’s important to note that while some of these defects may seem minor, they can often be indicative of larger, more serious issues. For example, a small leak in the roof may seem like a minor inconvenience, but if left unaddressed, it can lead to significant water damage, mold growth, and even structural damage.

That’s why it’s so important to have a thorough home inspection conducted by a qualified professional before purchasing a home. A home inspector will be able to identify any defects or issues with the home and provide a detailed report outlining the severity of each issue and the recommended course of action. You can learn about choosing the right inspector on our free guide.

At VERIDORN, we are in the process of compiling our own data from local inspections to provide even more valuable insights into common home defects in our area. While the survey provides a helpful overview of common issues nationwide, we believe that by analyzing data from inspections conducted in our local market, we can offer even more targeted and relevant information to our clients. To our knowledge, no other local home inspection company is currently gathering and analyzing this type of data. We believe this will give us a unique advantage in serving our clients and helping them make informed decisions about their home purchases.

In conclusion, while no home is perfect, being aware of the most common defects found during home inspections can help homebuyers make informed decisions and prioritize repairs and maintenance. By working with a qualified home inspector and addressing any issues promptly, homebuyers can ensure the safety, comfort, and value of their new home for years to come.

Source: survey of 998 homebuyers.

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