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What are some common problems found during home inspections?

When investing in a new piece of property, a home inspection is an absolute must. The inspection lets you know if there are any issues the buyer neglected to mention, as these issues could end up costing you quite a bit. Once the home is in your name, you'll be largely responsible for any necessary repairs. The National Association of Realtors explains some of the more common issues found during home inspections so you can ensure that you have the right information. 

Most homeowners have experienced plumbing woes at some point. Maybe water pressure is poor in the shower or water is slow to drain completely. Keep in mind that even seemingly minor issues can become expensive problems over time, especially if they result in water damage. Water damage can also pose a real threat in the basement, especially if mold and mildew have already started to form.

When it comes to home problems that are harder to detect with the naked eye, foundation problems rank high in this case. Cracks in the foundation cause a ripple effect all over the home. For instance, a faulty foundation might cause floors to slope or even cause problems opening and closing windows and doors. Serious foundations issues can also grow worse over time, so it's crucial they're addressed with the seller before the closing. On the other hand, roof problems can be equally serious. 

Even if a roof appears intact from the outside, there is a chance that it could have leaks or other problems. Gutters can also be a real hassle if they fail to function properly. Gutters take water from the roof and redistribute it to the ground below. When they're clogged, water will back up onto the roof. Problems with flashing, which are pieces of metal attached to the roof, are also concerning. 

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