We have some inside information for you: a home inspection report can panic a buyer for two reasons. The first is when one or more significant items come up that represent a major expense – this one is obvious. The second reason is less obvious and involves a buyers’ response to a large list of problems, even though many of them may be simple to repair and are just deferred maintenance items.
As a 30+ year home inspector in Phoenix and overseeing more than 90,000 inspections, I have some opinions about the care of a home. Generally, it can be said that:
- Most people today are not properly maintaining their home.
- Most people don’t understand the financial impact of a failure to maintain their home.
Here is a flipped Phoenix house we inspected that had not one, but two ceiling leaks at the first floor. Can you believe that both the hall and the master bathroom plumbing systems upstairs were leaking heavily?! It seems that someone forgot to have a plumber tend to the bathroom repair needs.
While doing a Phoenix area home inspection for a homebuyer we came across this gas company Red Tag dated a year prior regarding a gas leak at the water heater. If the tag is still in place a year later, it has to be assumed that a potential problem still exists. Time for the buyer or agent to call the gas company to get more information.
This should have been fixed by a plumber, the gas company should be notified to re-evaluate and the tag should have been removed if all was well. Be careful out there, gas leaks are a very serious matter. Don’t buy a house with a tag like this on your gas system until confirming it is fully repaired.