When buying a home, a professional home inspection will reveal a lot about your house. Besides learning about all the mechanical operation of your home the inspection will reveal any obvious defects and some not so obvious defects. These common inspections include:

Negative Grading

This could lead to damp or wet crawlspaces, foundation movement, cracking or settlement. Water wicking up the foundation could lead to rot in the walls, framing members and mold. Some indications of foundation movement include windows that are out of square; interior doors that have large, uneven gaps at the top when the door is closed; or floors visibly out of level.

Roof Structure

Every year the foundation of homes age, so do roofs (and the material they’re made of). As roofs age, the damage from water damage may mean expensive repairs of future replacement. Whether your roof is made from asphalt shingles, wood shakes, terra cotta tile, or concrete slate, these materials are all susceptible to damage. In Colorado hail damage is the single greatest contributor to roof damage.

Inadequate or Inferior Electrical Systems

The electrical panel and circuit breaker configuration should be adequate for the needs of the house. Depending on the code, these systems change over the years, especially with older homes. Common issues are receptacles without ground fault circuit interrupters (GFI) in bathrooms and kitchens and improper wires or double taps in the service panels.

Plumbing Problems

Plumbing defects ranked high among the house problems encountered. Included are the existence of old or incompatible piping materials, faulty fixtures and waste lines and leaking hot water heaters and toilets.