- 18 Jan
Home Inspection Scams – What Red Flags to Look For During the Inspections
Before committing to a purchase on a home, it is vital you get a home inspection done. However, there are some home inspection common scams and red flags you should be aware of, so you don’t have any problems.
Here is a brief rundown of things to look for between the prospective buyer and the home inspector:
Big ticket items: These include really old HVAC systems, for example, ones that are over 20 years old and have lost its shelf life and will need to be replaced soon. Look for mold anywhere in the house, including in little known hidden places. Look for a roof with curling shingles or leaks.
House flipping: If buying from a home flipper, please be sure that corners were not cut, which often happens when house flippers are buying and selling numerous homes quickly.
Windows: How old are they? Do they have fog trapped between the window panes? What about the condition of the window shutters (if they exist)? Are the window screens in tact, or have holes or nonexistent on some windows?
Plumbing: Do they have polybutylene pipes? They are no longer installed in newer homes because they leak and can cause property damage. If the inspector finds them, they will also need be replaced as soon as possible.
About the Author
My journey as a Cleveland home inspector began 15 years ago when I was buying real estate properties in Ohio. Because they were my investments, I wanted to make sure I was getting a great deal, so I decided to learn everything I could about general home inspections.