Maintenance to homes can be very expensive. Therefore, it is essential to have a home inspection performed before making one of the biggest financial investments of your life. 

Your dream home might rapidly become a real financial burden if you skip the home inspection. The issue is that not all of the costly repairs are obvious to a normal visitor. This applies to any property you would want to purchase. Be sure to also get a commercial building inspection before investing in any commercial property. Major flaws can easily be covered up by staging, and you can’t always rely on transparency to know how things are. 

To help you better understand what might go wrong with any home and how to identify issues, we’ve listed the some of the most expensive repairs below. 

Roof 

Before you decide to buy a home, there are a number of common roof problems you can look out for. Leaking, broken gutters, a dislodged downspout, and damaged chimneys. 

Septic Tank 

A septic system is intended to last 50 years (or more), but misuse may be quite costly; a replacement system can cost between $20,000 and $50,000. Septic tanks come in different varieties, and they have evolved over time. Older building codes, which are now out of date and are replaced every few years, were followed when houses were built in earlier decades. You might need to repair an older system if it fails in accordance with the new codes. 

Foundation 

Minor foundation cracks may cost a few hundred dollars, while more significant ones may cost thousands. The most dangerous foundation cracks are often those with a diameter of at least 1/4 inch. 

Water Damage 

Flooding, leaks, and drips can cause serious building structure issues if they are not properly and/or promptly fixed. Identifying potential problems like these before purchasing a home might help you avoid future stress and expenses. Staining, odors, and fresh paint are a few crucial outward indicators that excessive levels of water have been or are still present in a building. (Usually in the basement) 

Deck 

A deck that is nearing the end of its lifespan can be expensive to repair and hazardous if left unattended. Most decks are made to last 12 to 15 years, however they all need regular maintenance depending on the kind of materials that were used in their construction. 

Mold 

Small amounts of mold spores are typically harmless, but when they find a warm, moist area with a surface they can survive on, they begin to multiply. Some molds are harmful to your health, while others cause the structure of your home to deteriorate. Repairing mold damage that has already spread out of control can cost you more than $1000.