5 of the Worst Problems Found in Dallas Home Inspections

Posted on September 15, 2017 | Back to blog

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Nine out of 10 home buyers believe that a home inspection is a necessity, according to a study by the American Society of Home Inspectors. Unfortunately, home inspections have a habit of uncovering unwelcome surprises. We’ve assembled a list of the most common repairs needed after a home inspection. Could your Dallas home suffer from any of these costly problems?

1.) Animal and Pest Problems

An Arlington home buyer discovered that her newly-purchased house was the nesting ground of hundreds of smelly, messy, squawking egrets. Since the migratory birds are a protected species, they couldn’t be removed or even touched. The birds promptly coated her property with foul-smells & feces of partially-digested frogs and fish.

Another Texas family found an even worse surprise: more than a dozen adult rattlesnakes were living in their storm cellar, plus ten more underneath the house – and one was even hiding in the bathroom.

Hiring an animal control service in Dallas costs $378 on average, higher than the national average of $315.

2.) Cracked Foundation

Experts estimate that as many as 95% of the minor cracks in Dallas home foundations are harmless, a result of normal curing, expansion and contraction, or settling. But if the crack is a quarter-inch wide or larger, that could indicate a serious foundation problem.

Repairing a foundation costs anywhere from a few hundred dollars to many thousands. In Dallas, the average foundation repair costs $5,228.

3.) Bad Wiring

Over the years, homes tend to accumulate wiring problems. Some issues are visible to the naked eye, while others are hidden within the walls. Common problems include open junction boxes, insufficient amperage, or open-splice wires hidden inside DIY remodeling projects.

In Dallas, upgrading an electrical panel costs an average of $880, lower than the national average of $1110.

4.) Leaky Roof

The average life expectancy for asphalt shingles is 15 to 40 years. As the roof ages, the shingles tend to warp and lose granular material. Over time, water can intrude into the home and cause extensive damage.

In Dallas, the average roof repair costs $482, lower than the national average of $770.

5.) Faulty Plumbing

Plumbing issues are common in older homes. As pipe materials corrode or break down, leaks can form. Sometimes the problem can be repaired, but in a worst-case scenario, the entire system must be replaced.

In Dallas, installing new plumbing pipes costs an average of $943, slightly less than the national average of $1058.

How to Negotiate After a Home Inspection

One option for home sellers is to take out a home warranty insurance policy, which can help protect you in the event that the buyer files a legal claim against you after the sale. This can happen if the buyer finds any defects that went unnoticed during the home inspection.

Another option, which avoids the cost of repairs after a home inspection, is to sell your home for cash to We Buy Ugly Houses®. With no formal inspections, no appraisals, and no repairs needed, it’s one of the easiest ways to sell your property. Contact We Buy Ugly Houses today to find out how much cash you could get for your Dallas home.

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