Nearly every home inspection—even those on new homes—will turn up some issues.

Almost ⅓ of my inspections are on new homes

It is important to pick your battles when it comes to repairs requested from a home inspection. There are only so many repairs most sellers are willing to commit to – especially in a seller’s market and/or during short inventory

Things to let go

  • Under $100. Let it go

    • Things under $100, in general, are deferred maintenance unless it is a major safety issue or greatly diminishes the functionality of the Home
  • Things on the Sellers Disclosure

    • If the seller disclosed it, it is inappropriate to ask for it to be fixed because the Inspector also found it. The buyer knew about it before the inspection.
  • Things the Buyer and Agent noticed

    • If you know about it it should be taken into account on the original offer
  • Detached Structures

    • Sheds, Detached Garages and so on. They are not normally included in a home inspection unless stated
  • Cosmetic Issues

    • A deck needs staining, touching up paint, so on.
  • Crack In Basement Floor

    • The cracks are purely aesthetic. In fact, if you are purchasing a home that doesn’t have a few cracks you’re lucky.


  • Major foundation issues

    • Foundation issues are a huge undertaking to repair and it tops the list of home-buying deal breakers
  • Radon Tests High (and no mitigation)

    • Radon needs to be in the guidelines set forth by the EPA. Eliminating this risk is easy through professional mitigation
  • Asbestos

    • Unless disturbed, asbestos isn’t usually problematic.  Asbestos insulation around pipes that is friable [crumbling] is a serious health issue and should be remediated prior to closing.
  • Aluminum wiring

    • If your potential home has it, it could mean big trouble.
  • Buried oil tanks

    • Before electrical heating came along, some homes had oil tanks buried in the backyard to funnel fuel to the house during winter.
  • Polybutylene plumbing pipes

    • These pipes had their heyday as a cheap alternative to copper in the ’80s, but it didn’t last long.
  • Upgrades without permits

    • It can be a very bad thing if the homeowner in charge had a DIY streak and a problem with authority.
  • Major Structural Issues

    • A leaking roof or substantial building violations.
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