• To Log in or Sign Up for My Property Finder Click Here

Lyn Sims

Broker Associate

Common Home Defects


Whether you are buying, selling or simply maintaining a home, beware of these common home defects.

Rotted Wood
Wood that's exposed to moisture rots over time. Inspect wood in the kitchen and the bathroom, including a tub surround, toilet seat, countertop, and flooring. These spots are especially vulnerable to moisture and should be protected with a special paint or finish. Don't forget to check the exterior of the home, including the deck, eaves, and trim for signs of rotting.

Inadequate Ventilation
If a home doesn't have proper ventilation, moisture cannot evaporate and will inevitably cause problems. Make sure the attic is properly ventilated to ensure that the roof has a long and functional life. Proper attic ventilation allows the intense heat of the sun to escape from the attic space and promote evaporation of moisture that would otherwise damage interior walls and structural elements.

Amateur Repairs
The longer a person has lived in their home, the more likely you'll find household repairs done by the homeowner or another amateur. Often these repairs -- most commonly seen in the areas of plumbing and electrical -- don't follow building codes and are likely to fail or cause more damage down the road.

Poor Drainage
Inadequate drainage around the exterior of a home leads to water intrusion in basements, garages, and crawl spaces. This can compromise the foundation of a home and create mold problems.

Controlling Water
Water intrusion can be one of the most destructive and expensive problems. Check for well-maintained gutters, downspouts, and proper grading around the foundation to direct water away from the home.

Loose or Missing Hand Rails
Over time, railings inside and outside of the home can become loose or go missing. Unstable or insecure railings aren't safe. Examine a home's porch, deck and stair railings, and landings to make sure they're up to code.

Roof Problems
Roofing can contain old or damaged shingles or improper flashing. Should you buy a home with roof concerns, do not ignore it. Repair the roofing in order to prevent costly damage.

Storm Damage
No part of this country is impervious to storm damage. Damage from a past hurricane, tornado, or flood can plague a home for years. Inspect the roofing, siding, exterior railings for wind and water damage and defective repairs. Also, inspect the drywall for water intrusion that could create potential mold problems.



Ed Miehlke

Home Team Inspections
Phone: 847 719-1329
Email: ht444@hometeaminspection.com