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3 things home inspectors fail to spot

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2022 | Real Estate Litigation

Most people who invest in home purchases hire an inspector to ensure the place they’re buying isn’t a fixer-upper. Home inspectors cover a wide range of issues in homes. Inspectors, however, can fail to do their job and cause investors to sink money into poorly maintained homes.

If you want to make sure your home inspector did their work, you may need to check these commonly missed issues in a home:

1. Cracks in the foundation

One of the worst things to find in a home is a crack or break in the foundations. A broken foundation can spell doom for the future of a home and could cost thousands of dollars to repair. An inspector may dismiss early signs of foundation problems without a keen eye.

2. Basement leaks 

Many basements develop leaks that can ruin finished basements and create a breeding ground for mold. Some leaks in a home can only be noticed when there is rainy or wet weather, however, there may be obvious signs there’s a problem, which many inspectors should know to watch for. There may be signs of a quick, temporary fix or dark patches in the wall that show there’s been water damage.

3. Roofing issues

Many inspectors won’t climb onto a roof to thoroughly check for issues, but that doesn’t mean they can’t spot serious issues. There may be mold or missing tiles that can be seen on the ground and obvious leaks or holes that can be found in the attic. Any of these issues could cause serious issues with the structure of a building.

If you believe the home inspector you contracted missed something during their job, it could cost you a fortune. You may need to reach out for legal help when recovering from your losses.