4 Home Inspection Red Flags You Shouldn’t Ignore


Every step of the home-buying process is important, but having a professional inspector evaluate your potential future home is particularly crucial. If you skip it, you risk being unaware of major problems that can threaten the safety of you and your family and end up costing you big time in the months or years to come.

The problem is, there’s so much detail in a home inspection report that it can be difficult to determine which issues are not that big of a deal and which ones are a potential deal breaker. Keep an eye out for these inspection red flags below that signal a property may not be worth the trouble!

1) Structural Problems

Structural flaws in a property can be major safety hazards (or turn into them down the line). They can also run you tens of thousands of dollars or more in repair. Any big issues like a cracked foundation, weak load bearing wall, or other threat to the home’s foundational integrity are an immediate cause for concern.

2) Mold Growth

Depending on where it’s found and the extent of the spread, mold growth can cause serious problems for your health and home. If mold is isolated to small areas, such as a spot in the kitchen, then it is likely just from a lack of cleaning. But if mold is widespread, it may be due to poor ventilation or long-term moisture damage. It is essential that the source of any mold growth is identified before you move forward with your property purchase.

3) Old Wiring, Plumbing or Roofing

Electrical, plumbing, and roofing problems all impact a home’s functionality, can turn into dangerous safety hazards, cause significant property damage, and are complicated to fix. If any major issues in these categories are identified during your home inspection, your best bet may be to find another property altogether. Look for things listed like old knob and tube electrical wiring, deteriorating/faulty pipes, and a roof that is leaking, visibly degraded, or hasn’t been replaced in over 20 years.

4) Pest Infestation

A few pests are to be expected in any home or building. But a current infestation (or signs of one in the past) can cause or indicate significant and costly structural damage. Any sign of tracks, droppings, damaged landscaping, dead bugs or insect parts, old colony presence, or scraping or buzzing noises could indicate an infestation. Termites, ants, cockroaches, and mice are pests of particular concern.

When you have your potential property inspected by Top Choice Inspectors, you can be sure any red flag issues will be identified and brought to your attention. We offer standard comprehensive home inspection packages, as well as add-on services to give you even more peace of mind.

Contact us today to schedule your certified home inspection!