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Serving NE Georgia, Alpharetta, Woodstock, Cumming, Canton, Ball Ground, Jasper, Dawsonville, Gainesville, Dahlonega, Blue Ridge, Marble Hill and the surrounding areas

Georgia Home Inspector & Commercial Property Inspector
Judson Bourke
Phone: 770-894-3008
Email: info@inspectgeorgia.com


   


 

Knowing some of the usual defects inspectors discover during an inspection allows you to be a well informed buyer. InspectGeorgia has compiled a list of the top 10 defects found in most homes. Repairs or replacement could cost or save you thousands of dollars. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding possible problems in your home.
 

Top 10 Defects Per InspectGeorgia

  • Most important for homes and business of all ages that is found during the inspection process is moisture and drainage issues. The leading cause of dry rot, toxic mold, major structural damage. The important issue is that the grading of the property slopes away from the home. The roof must be inspected and be water proof. No plumbing leaks throughout the home, no condensation drain leaks or discharge lines or pipes within 6 feet of foundation. These criteria must be met or results will be catastrophic. Inspection for moisture conditions may include air quality testing. This process will detect if there are any mold spores in the air. This presence of toxic molds can be extremely costly to correct.

  • Air and water penetrating cracks at and around doors and window perimeters at exterior. Structure cracks and separation at and around the windows can allow water into the wall cavities, these conditions contribute to mold growth.

  • Roof problems such as improperly installed and aged surfaces occur frequently. We see poorly installed or missing flashing at transitions areas. Repairs may be simple or the entire roof may need to be replaced. A follow up may be required for any adverse roofing system findings with an evaluation by a competent roofer.

  • Heating and Cooling system defects that include improper installation, inadequate maintenance and aged components are common.

  • Potential environmental problems that are signs of mold growth which that represents the latest environmental scare. Homebuyers and business owners should consider a complete environmental evaluation of the property before buying.

  • Minor structural damage such as cut or broken trusses are often seen in attic cavities and on occasion we also see structural components missing. Usually repairs are needed. Homebuyers and Commercial property buyers should be concerned and seek further evaluation when defects are noted in the inspection however we find it is rarely an imminent safety hazard. Common footing defects under deck and supports post for porches, we find lots of minor and some major settling issues that need repairing. Foundation cracks and trip hazards at walkways and driveways are common.

  • Faulty wiring and worn or outdated and aged systems and homeowner additions are the most common defects, especially in older homes. Electrical system problems are safety related and require immediate attention.

  • Plumbing issues that are most common are defects from leaking, outdated or problematic systems such as polybutylene. Repairs can often be made but on occasion total system replacement is the only solution.

  • Inadequate insulation and ventilation in Attic. Poor insulation and poor ventilation cause excessive utility costs and lack of occupant comfort.

  • Whole house or structure poorly maintained. Deferred maintenance represents a potential high cost situation to bring the home or commercial building back into satisfactory condition. If the homeowner or business owner did not properly care for the building or home, the buyer will bear the burden and cost of maintenance and needed repairs.


 
 
 
 
 
 
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