U.S. Inspect, one of the more respected and used inspection companies around town, has recently issued a list of the most commonly called-out items that they see in home inspection reports:
Notice that many of these make reference to a possible water issue, which is always something that should be identified and fixed. But not all of the items on this list are big ticket items, and in fact can be inexpensively remedied.
Lesson? Sellers, take care of the little things before putting your home on the market, especially anything safety or health related. And PLEASE make sure all light bulbs are functional so that home inspectors don’t have to call out lights that don’t wok when it’s just about the bulb. Buyers, understand that some repair items are more important than others. I see all of the items time and time again in the home inspections I attend, and many of them are actually a very minor expense to repair.