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Top 3 Most Common Home Defects to Check For

There is no such thing as a perfect home; most homes—both new and old—have a few problem areas. However, some home flaws are more frequent than others. Below are the top three home defects that every buyer and seller should check for before making an offer, or putting a home on the market.


Any wood that is exposed to air will naturally contain a small percentage of water, and rotted wood is one of the most frequently occurring maintenance issues. In fact, the repairs for rotted wood constitutes for 10 percent of wood production sales. The flooring and walls in places like kitchens and bathrooms are often exposed to moisture, and over time this can lead to rot. Buyers should also check basements and garages for rot, as well as the exterior of a house including any decks, overhangs or eaves.

Water and Drainage

According findings from the 2009 NCHH survey that polled Americans (18 and older) to determine their level of awareness for common home health and safety risks, only 41 percent of homeowners surveyed repaired water damage or plumbing leaks. This can lead to serious expenses down the line. Water damage is one of the most expensive problems a homeowner can be faced with. Water intrusion in basements and garages can create a rotting foundation which is pricey to repair, and mold which is difficult to get rid of. Be sure the foundation of your home is properly graded for maximum drainage, and check that the gutters are in working order.


The roof is your home’s strongest shield against the elements. Keeping your roof in top shape can help you avoid some pretty big disasters, including major leaks and even a total collapse. If you find yourself patching and re-patching sections of your roof annually, it might be time to replace it completely. Maintaining your roof by replacing shingles and patching any leaks can extend the life of your roof, but it is a good idea to have it inspected every five years, and replaced every 20 years.

Source: RREIN by Zoe Eisenberg