Top 10 most common repairs needed after home inspection – based on 15,000 reports

Top 10 most common repairs needed after home inspection – based on 15,000 reports

At it’s our job to turn home inspection reports into highly accurate house repair estimates so that our clients can use our reports to negotiate for repairs after the home inspection. This means that we build up a HUGE amount of information on common defects and items that home inspectors find on a daily basis. And while we don’t share that information with anyone, it does allow us to put together some rather interesting statistics.

If you’re here looking to find a way to use your inspection report (and those defects) to NEGOTIATE FOR HOUSE REPAIRS, we recommend you watch the quick video below or check out our YouTube Channel. If not, just scroll on to see the results of our survey!

Even though we do this day in and day out, we were actually extremely surprised by our findings. We analyzed the last 15,000 home inspection reports we processed here in the US, and came up with our top ten most common items noted on a report.

Also read: Buying A House? Here’s Why An Inspection Report Is Important

My guess, as a Realtor who has personally sold over 400 homes, and as the previous owner of a brokerage that sold upwards of $70 million a year, was that our top item would be….

No GFCI protection at one or more location.

Boy was I wrong. It did make the top ten, but wasn’t even in the top 5.

So go ahead, make your guess about the most COMMONLY FOUND DEFECT in homes currently selling in the US today, then read on and let us know in the comments below if you were right!


Defective ItemOccurancePercentage of homes
Exterior caulking and sealer is missing243916.26%
Doors need adjusting and servicing232015.47%
Faucets and heads need servicing221314.75%
Outlets or switches with deficiencies210014.00%
Cosmetic Sheetrock cracks or nail pops196413.09%
No GFCI protection at one or more location.186212.41%
Fixtures and or bulb deficiencies176911.79%
Smoke alarms159310.62%
Lot does not facilitate proper drainage157510.50%
Exposed nails and shingle deficiencies13909.27%

Surprised? I was, and also slightly concerned, especially by the number one problem according to our survey. Improper caulking and sealing can lead to slow and subtle water penetration issues that over time can deteriorate wood, wiring, insulation and more – leading to much larger defects including mold – which nobody wants in their home. Water penetration is like the silent killer no one thinks about, yet it’s SO easy and cheap to fix.

My other major concern was that smoke alarms made an appearance on here. A lot of fire departments even give these out for free because they are SO IMPORTANT in preventing home fires and saving lives.

So do us a favor folks – grab a ladder, a smoke detector and a caulking gun and have a quick look around your house. Basic preventative maintenance is cheap and highly effective.

We’ll be back soon with an update on this report with a larger sample base (we’re hoping around 100,000 homes), so stay tuned, and let us know your thoughts below. We’d especially like to hear from home inspectors and Realtors – is this in line with what you would expect and see on a daily basis? And if you’re looking for a full list of all items an inspector is looking for, visit our home inspection checklist page.

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