When hiring a home inspector, buyers typically believe that stability of the foundation is the main focus of the inspection when, in reality, serious foundation problems are among some of the least common building defects.
Below are the top ten most common defects found in residential real estate:
Roofing defects: Aging Materials, Defects in Materials, Water Ponding, Flashings
Ceiling stains, indicating past or current roof leaks: A Thorough inspection should be performed to determine the cause
Water intrusion into basements or crawlspaces due to ground water conditions: Usually caused by faulty grading or drainage issues
Electrical safety hazards, especially (but not always) in older homes: Ungrounded Outlets, Lack of GFCI Devices, Poor Workmanship, Altered Wiring
Rotted wood at building exteriors and at various plumbing fixtures: Most commonly caused by improper grading and/or plumbing leaks
Building violations where additions and alterations were constructed without permits: This is a red flag for most inspectors
Unsafe fireplace and chimney conditions: Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected and cleaned regularly
Faulty installation of water heaters: Less than 5% of all water heaters are in full compliance with plumbing code requirements
Hazardous conditions involving gas heaters: Lack of maintenance and regular inspections can create hazardous conditions
Firewall violations in garages: Altered or improperly constructed garage firewalls create a hazard to home occupants in the event of a garage fire
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We are pleased to recommend Jabuka Home Inspections to potential home buyers. Mr. Jabuka was very thorough in his inspection and equally descriptive in the report which he generated on-site for us in late 2004. He personally went through the report with us, pointing out concerns of different levels - differentiating which were safety concerns and which were merely cosmetic or which required further investigation from a professional in that particular field. We purchased the home which he inspected and have also used his report for reference after the fact and to prioritize home improvements.
Thank you, Mr. Jabuka, in making our home purchase decision an informed one!
Sam Jabuka saved my deal. I had to do my inspections as fast as I could because I had a short escrow. Sam fit me in the next day. Once the inspection was complete he had his report ready the SAME DAY! He even sat down with my clients and explained the report in detail to them personally. I will be using Sam on a regular basis.