18 Aug 2023

Repaired but not correctly repaired.

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As a professional home inspector, I often see the consequences of DIY plumbing gone wrong. Attempting repairs without proper training can lead to leaks, flooding, property damage, and huge headaches down the road.

Inadequately fixed drain or sewer lines may cause clogs or breaks, resulting in the overflow of sewage water inside your residence. This can be a severe problem that can lead to costly repairs and potential health hazards. It is essential to ensure that your plumbing system is maintained and repaired properly to avoid any unpleasant situations.

Amateur installation of water heaters and supply lines also frequently causes leaks. And incorrect toilet or sink replacements often lead to continued clogs, not to mention water running everywhere.

Doing your own plumbing may seem easy, but there are nuances only qualified plumbers understand through training and experience. Using the wrong materials or tools can result in shoddy workmanship and flawed repairs.

Poor repairs can have a significant impact on the outcome of a home inspection. Here are some ways in which poor repairs can affect the inspection:

  1. Major issues: If a professional home inspector discovers major issues that were poorly repaired, it can raise concerns about the overall condition and safety of the property. These major issues can include structural or foundation, roof, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC issues. Poorly repaired major issues may indicate a lack of proper maintenance or potential hidden problems that could lead to costly repairs in the future.
  2. Safety concerns: Poor repairs can result in safety hazards within the home. For example, faulty electrical repairs or improper plumbing repairs can pose risks of electrical shocks or water damage1. These safety concerns can be flagged during a home inspection and may need to be addressed before the sale can proceed.
  3. Buyer’s financing: If the buyer is obtaining financing for the purchase, the lender may require repairs to be made as a condition of the mortgage commitment. This means that if poor repairs are identified during the inspection, the buyer may request the seller to make the necessary repairs before the lender grants financing.
  4. Negotiations: Poor repairs can impact the negotiations between the buyer and seller. If major issues are found during the inspection, the buyer may request repairs or reduced costs, and the seller may be legally required to accommodate these requests. The cost of repairs discovered during a home inspection is negotiable between the buyer and seller. Poor repairs can affect the property’s perceived value and may lead to renegotiations or even the termination of the sale.
  5. Future buyers: If major issues resulting from poor repairs are identified during a home inspection, it can raise concerns for future buyers as well. If the current sale falls through due to these issues, the next buyer will likely have the same concerns and may request the issues to be addressed before proceeding with the purchase1.

In summary, poor repairs can have a significant impact on the outcome of a home inspection. They can lead to major issues, safety concerns, financing requirements, negotiations, and potential difficulties in future sales. It is important for sellers to address repairs properly to ensure a successful home inspection and a smooth sale process.

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