A thorough home inspection is vital for any homebuyer or homeowner, identifying and addressing potential issues. However, it’s not always easy to tell if everything has been adequately addressed. This blog discusses commonly “missed” home inspection items, which matter most, and their impact. We’ll also explore how to ensure everything is captured in the report using a reputable company like Step By Step Inspections and considering specialty inspections.

What Are Some Commonly Missed Home Inspection Items?

1. Roof and Attic Issues

Home inspections identify major issues within a home’s main components and systems. For example, an inspector will see exterior roof issues, such as bad shingles and leaks. They could also note problems in the attic, such as poor ventilation, insulation, or water damage. Buyers and sellers should watch for these areas as these problems can lead to energy inefficiency and mold growth.

2. Plumbing Problems

Home inspectors identify visible plumbing issues and may also catch hidden problems, such as slow leaks, low water pressure, or poor drainage.  However, slow pipe leaks under the home or in the yard are harder to spot. These issues can lead to water damage and costly repairs down the road. Buyers should consider a deeper sewer line inspection if they have concerns about specific issues.

3. HVAC System

An HVAC system significantly affects a home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Inspectors examine the system’s general operation and functionality, but minor issues could surface. Dirty filters, refrigerant leaks, or ductwork flaws typically aren’t barriers to a home sale. 

4. Pests and Infestation

Pest infestations are a serious concern for homeowners but aren’t always included in a standard home inspection. Termites, rodents, and other pests can cause structural damage and pose health risks. It’s advisable to consider a pest inspection to identify potential infestations and obtain necessary treatments.

5. Electrical Wiring

Old or faulty electrical wiring is dangerous and a potential fire hazard. Inspectors check for visibly damaged wiring and will identify major issues and anything posing a safety risk. However, general system maintenance and minor repairs are part of ongoing home ownership. 

Step By Step Can Help

Working with a reputable company like Step By Step Inspections ensures your home inspection covers all the bases. This ensures the inspector has the necessary knowledge and credentials to identify common issues. In addition, you may want to consider specialty inspections for unique property features, such as pools or solar panels.

If you’re ready to schedule your home inspection, call Step By Step Inspections at (843) 870-8726 and ensure your Beaufort, Charleston, or Myrtle Beach home is thoroughly inspected for peace of mind.