Big Problems Home Inspectors Can Discover

When you’re buying a home for sale in Lakewood or Long Beach, you’ll have a home inspection done by a qualified inspector.

The inspector’s job is to check for issues that could affect your enjoyment of the home - and sometimes they uncover big issues. If you encounter any of these in your inspection report, it might be time to talk to your Realtor(R) about continuing your search.

Big Problems Home Inspectors Can Discover

Some of the big problems an inspector might find during a routine home inspection can cost you big bucks to fix. If your inspector discovers any of these, you can use them to negotiate with the seller or, in some cases, back out of the real estate transaction:

  • Faulty wiring

  • A too-old deck

  • A cracked chimney

Faulty Wiring

Old wiring is expensive to replace, which means you could have a big expense on your hands down the road. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay between $8,000 and $15,000 to rewire a home that’s between 1,500 square feet and 3,000 square feet. (We know - it’s a wide range!)

A Too-Old Deck

Decks that are too old can pose serious risks in addition to being expensive to replace. Treated lumber alone ranges from $8 to $20 per square foot, so replacing a 16-foot-by-20-foot deck can cost anywhere between $2,560 and $16,000.

A Cracked Chimney

A small crack in a chimney isn’t usually a big deal - but when it’s a big crack, look out. Rebuilding a chimney can cost between $3,000 (for rebuilding the chimney from the crown to just below the roof line) and $10,000 (for replacing the whole chimney, all the way down to the fireplace).

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