This afternoon I had a home inspection done on the house I’m looking to buy and for the most part things checked out fine. There are two areas of concern that I’m consulting with professionals on as they could turn into a can of worms, depending on how bad they really are.
The first thing is that the house has a number of ungrounded 3-prong outlets. Most of the house has 2-prong outlets, but pulling a few outlets showed that there were only two conductors, not three, so instead of just replacing the outlets with new 3-prong ones which would be cheap and quick, it may require rewiring. I’m also going to talk to a second electrician to get another opinion.
Another issue is that there are some HVAC lines that are wrapped with a suspect substance and have some unknown debris on them which may or may not be alive. It doesn’t appear to be mold, but it’s most likely not just dirt. My Realtor is contacting a contractor to see what he thinks about the pipe wrapping and whatever appears to be on the wrapping.
Both issues could potentially be a can of worms, which is not a good thing. Aside from those two problems, the house checked out to be in very good shape with the only other “defect” being that the toilet didn’t appear to be bolted down to the floor properly, which can’t be a big deal because it doesn’t appear to be leaking in any way.
I really like the house, but if the two problems turned up by the home inspection are too expensive to fix, I can’t go forward. We’ll see what the pros say. I’m still hopeful that it won’t be as big of a deal as it might be. I don’t want to spend a ton to fix an issue, but I do want things to be correct, not just rigged up so they’ll technically pass a code inspection.
I’m glad I got the home inspection, because I’d rather know about these two potentially very expensive problems before buying a house than afterward.