10 Things That Fail a Home Inspection And
How to Prevent Them
BY ALEXANDER HARRIS
Updated December 11, 2020
A home inspection is a top-to-bottom evaluation of a home, completed by a licensed
inspector. Home inspections are usually paid for by the buyer when purchasing a home.
The role of the home inspector is to provide the buyer with a comprehensive report
detailing problems with the home—both big and small. A buyer typically reserves the
right to back out of the transaction if the home inspection fails, or they can attempt to
renegotiate the price based on the cost of repairs.
A home inspector will evaluate each part of a subject property looking for electrical,
plumbing, mechanical, and structural issues. Some things that fail a home inspection
include anything from drainage issues in the yard to cracks in the foundation. For
sellers, preparing for a home inspection can help you address some of the most
common home inspection problems ahead of time.
The 10 most-common home inspection problems
Cosmetic flaws and minor repairs, like a broken window pane, for example, might come
up in an inspection report. However, these small items will rarely cause a deal to
unravel. It’s the costly and often hidden problems that can cause a buyer to back out or
ask for money off of the contract price. Here are some of the most common things that
fail a home inspection.
Problem #1: Rundown roofing
Asphalt shingle roofs last 15 to 20 years. If yours is nearing the end of its life, don’t be
surprised to see it come up in the inspection report. Inspectors will call out brittle, curled,
or broken shingles, and any loose flashing or leaky spots. A severely neglected roof
could cost $10,000 or more to replace.
How to prevent this home inspection fail:
Replace damaged shingles and flashing. Recaulk areas where ventilation pipes
penetrate the roof.
Problem #2: Drainage issues
Surface grading around a home can cause serious drainage issues and foundation
damage. Improper grad