Expect These Issues to Appear in Your Home Inspection Report

The moment when you finally land your dream home can be almost euphoric! Of course, as a savvy buyer, you know that you still need to see what the home inspection turns up before you sign on the dotted line. For many buyers, getting through this process can be stressful, especially if it's your first time doing so, which is why I recently wrote about what you shouldn't necessarily expect to find in the report. This information is useful when making your final decisions about the purchase, but it is perfectly understandable if you're more concerned with you actually should expect to see. In this post, you can learn about the most common problems found during a home inspection and how much it costs to fix them.

The following information comes from RepairPricer.com, a website dedicated to understanding home inspection reports and the costs associated with the resulting repairs. After analyzing 50,000 individual reports, they found that the average home inspection turned up around 21 issues. While this might seem like a lot, you will see that the most common defects are minor in nature. RepairPricer also looked at the typical repair cost for each of the listed problems and found that the average report listed about $11,000 in repair work, a figure which represents an important bargaining chip for the buyer.

Here are the top ten most commonly reported issues, their prevalence among the 50,000 inspections, and the cost associated with fixing them:

  1. Doors need adjusting and servicing (54.9% of inspections, $254)
  2. Faucets and heads need servicing (54.8%, $273)
  3. Exterior caulking and sealant are missing (54.5%, $310)
  4. Outlets or switches with deficiencies (53.7%, $248)
  5. No GFCI protection (48%, $433)
  6. Absence of or defective smoke alarms (45.1%, $378)
  7. Cosmetic sheetrock cracks or nail pops (45%, $545)
  8. Fixtures and/or bulb deficiencies (40.5%, $209)
  9. Caulking, grout, and sealer are missing interior (33.9%, $353)
  10. Service panel deficiencies (33.7%, $298)

As you can see, each of the ten most common issues were reported in more than one-third of inspected homes, with the top four all appearing in the majority of homes.

Luckily, only one of the most expensive repairs, those costing over $1,000, were found in at least 20% of homes: "window seals have failed or fogged". No other $1,000+ repair was reported in more than 10% of homes. The most expensive defect by far was "roof at end of serviceable life", which costs an average of almost $10,000 to repair and was listed in 9.6% of inspection reports.

You can receive a copy of the full report from RepairPricer.com by clicking here.