Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.
Homebuyers and sellers. I’ve got the three most common defects found in a home inspection and how you can prevent them from damaging your home!
There are two points in every home sale that both buyer and sellers are chewing their nails over. It’s the appraisal and the home inspection.
The results of either may lead to the reopening of negotiations and slowing down the transaction.
In this BLOG, I’m going to discuss the three most common items found in a home inspection. Each has easy, do-it-yourself solutions that you can undertake before you put your home on the market.
Number One: Exterior Caulking & Sealing Are Missing
By far one of the most common home inspection problems noted is missing cocking and sealers. Apply the appropriate cocky material at all joints and around windows and nail holes to prevent moisture from entering the home. This also helps with keeping out bugs and improving your home’s insulation. Sealing exterior wood and concrete services improves the life of this material. Caulking and ceiling are simple jobs, yet more than 16.25% of homes in the survey had missing caulking sealers. See the list at Homedepot.com.
Number Two: Doors Need Adjusting
After you’ve lived in a home for a while, it’s easy to get used to doors that have a problem. A handle that can only be turned one way to open up a door. Rather than fix this, becomes a new habit to the homeowner. We just get used to turning it the wrong way to open the door. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Approximately 15.4% of home inspections surveyed found that they had door problems.
Lots of little door problems are treated the same way. Go through your home and test all the doors. These door fixes are typically easy and do-it-yourself projects that you can get done before the home inspector arrives.
You Have The Loose Door Handle
Doorknobs and handles with exposed screws are a cinch to fix, by just tightening the screws with a screwdriver. Yes, those with hidden screws are a little more of a challenge.
The experts at PJ Fitzsimmons say to “… locate the button on the side of the doorknob and use a screwdriver to push it in and pull the knob off. Then, use the screwdriver to press the release notch and release the cover plate. After that, you’ll be able to tighten the screws.”
The Sticky Door
First, try cleaning the hinges to remove the dirt and build-up, and then tighten them down with a screwdriver. Did it work? If not, find the part in the doorframe where it does rub or get stuck and see if you can just sand it. You’ve got touch-up paint, you can take care of it that way, suggests the pros at PJ Fitzpatrick, a home improvement company located in Newcastle, Delaware.
Doors that voluntarily swing open or close
Now I affectionately refer to this as the ghost store. This one is truly annoying but easy to fix. Remove the hinge pin and slightly bend it. TheFamilyHandyman.com offers a walkthrough of the project to help. If you prefer a video walkthrough, check out David’s Tutorials on YouTube.com.
The Stuck Deadbolt
This is one of the easiest door fixes of them all. If the deadbolt takes a lot of muscle to turn, or it’s just downright stuck, then try lubricating the keyhole with some WD40 or Teflon lubing spray. Then insert the key and turn. Removing this and repeating this you’ll find after a while this usually loosens it up.
Number Three: Problems With Faucets
Nearly 15% of home inspections surveyed had at least one problem with the faucet. Leaky, dripping faucets are another easy DIY fix. The most difficult part is determining what’s making it leak. “Inside every faucet is a collection of rubber gaskets, washers, and O-rings,” according to Chris Deziel at Landlordology.com. He goes on to suggest that these are the seals that keep water from leaking out. The most common dripping problem can be traced back to a worn seal. HomeAdvisor.com offers walkthroughs of how to do the fix by faucet type. Deziel adds that “… you might, on occasion, have to replace a chipped or cracked valve seat or cartridge.”
Here are the other most common defects that show up in a home inspection:
- Faulty switch and electrical outlets
- Cracks or cosmetic issues and sheetrock.
- GFCI deficiencies
- Light fixture problems
- Smoke alarm out of date or not working properly
- The lot doesn’t drain properly
- Exposed nails or problems with shingles
Obviously, anything with electrical or has to do with the exterior roof or such, you should consult with an expert for this. However, some of these things like smoke alarms are simple fixes by just buying a new one.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren
Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!
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