Purchasing an older home can be a risky move, but it comes with some rewards. For one, they have better and sturdier craftsmanship than new homes.
The only issue is older home’s systems need to be updated, plus they need a thorough inspection because, unlike newer homes, older homes tend to have more damages.
Common issues found during older home inspections
Inspecting older homes usually takes longer due to the volume of issues that may be present.
Some of these issues include:
- Roof issues
A roof’s lifespan is about 20 to 50 years, an older home that hasn’t had a roof replacement before will present signs of leakage and water damage in the ceilings and attic area.
- Presence of hazardous material
Most older homes are not up to code with the standard regulations for asbestos and lead. And this can be dangerous.
- Plumbing problems
An older home may have older pipes as well, which could fail or contain hazardous matter. So the plumbing will need to be updated.
- Structural damage
Because of the many years the house has served, it’s likely to have structural damage from storms, termites, or even foundation cracks.
- Moisture damage
One of the worst issues is the moisture problem which should not be taken lightly. So, mold remediation is a must for older homes.
- Electrical problems
Older homes may come with outdated electrical systems as well as damaged wiring.
But with a thorough inspection, You will identify these issues and make the necessary repairs. So, consider hiring a company you can trust.
Besides the general inspection, these companies also look into specific areas such as:
- Termite inspection
- Property inspection
- Rental property inspection
All these inspections are vital as they help you decide whether or not to buy the house, and if you do, the repairs are necessary.
At High Country Home Inspections, be rest assured that your inspection will be in the right hands.
Call us today if you reside in Flagstaff, AZ, and a Surrounding 90-mile radius to get any residential inspection service.