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What are the most common repairs that show up in home inspections?

by Leighton, Kelly on

According to a recent report from Repair Pricer, the average home inspection report showed more than $11,000 in needed repairs. The study analyzed more than 50,000 home inspection reports.

The report found that, on average, homes studied required more than 20 repairs, so the cost of repairs could add up quickly. The average price per repair is just under $550.

The most common repair is doors that need adjusting. Fifty-five percent of houses in the report had doors that needed adjusting, which could be an indicator of foundation issues, according to the report. The average cost for this is about $254. Servicing faucets and heads is the second most common repair needed, with nearly 55 percent of homes expected to shell out around $273 to fix it.

More than half of homes did not have exterior caulking and sealant, which makes them more likely to obtain water damage. The average cost for this is around $310. Deficient outlets and switches were also a problem for 53.7 percent, and cost, on average $248.

The most expensive repair, and one found in nearly 10 percent of homes, is a roof that is at the end of its serviceable life, which costs close to $10,000 to repair. Another expensive repair is the coil and condenser at the end of serviceable life, which was present in 10.7 percent of homes and cost nearly $6,000 to repair. A heating unit that needs to be replaced is another pricey one, found in 10 percent of homes, and costing close to $4,000.

These are a few features of a home to check out before your seller puts it on the market, saving both of you a headache.


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Comments (10)


  • Monna Lou Henninger    March 4, 2019 | 10:25 am

    I am sorry, but this figure of $11000 is way out of line. In the Lehigh Valley we rarely see expenses this high, unless the septic fails. As far as a roof or furnace being at the end of their useful life, it is difficult to ask a seller to fix something that is working and does not leak. The agreement of sale sale says “as is” If the buyer wants a home with a newer roof and furnace, these items should be pointed out during the showing. Likewise the listing agent should remind the seller if the above is true regarding the roof and furnace, it will hamper the sale, or the home must be priced accordingly. Buyers need to pick and choose what is acceptable to them. Very few resale 20 yr old homes have new kitchens, new baths, updated roof and updated furnaces in a given price range. If they want all new, they should by new construction, but they will generally not be happy with the price of new construction, plus all the extras.

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    • Hank Spinnler    March 5, 2019 | 8:12 am

      Hello Ms. Henninger,

      I operate a home inspection services company in the metro Atlanta area. I just spoke to a client today who is probably looking at over $30,000 in repairs for his re-sale home, roof not included. Some of our clients opt to use “Repair Pricer” estimating service when those repairs reach a higher level of cost. For example, the composite hardboard siding has advanced deterioration and needs to be replaced on three sides of the home. They don’t use Repair Pricer when the total cost to repair items is low. For example, if it’s less than $1,000, they may just ask for an allowance in the negotiations. Just my 2 cents. Again, folks who use Repair Pricer may have an extensive list of more expensive repairs combined with the lesser expensive repairs. Their service can provide a more accurate turnkey quote as opposed to the “ballpark” quote that buyers and agents often ask us inspectors to provide.

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  • Kathy Kozak    March 4, 2019 | 11:55 am

    I listed a home for sale that was pretty well maintained. Home inspector the buyer used not only found things that were non issues or within code, he put high price ranges on everything he found. Young first time buyers believed him since they paid a lot for his services. I do not believe inspectors should ever put prices on repairs. Fortunately we saved the deal.

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    • Tom Mews    March 5, 2019 | 7:54 am

      Home inspectors can not by law give exact prices to fix anything. They may give a general ball park figure. Biggest issues between home inspectors and the rest of the home market services is that home inspectors are trained to state what insurance companies and manufacturing has labeled. Not what local codes or builders think is working. For example….roof venting. Almost all roof manufacturers void if the products is not vented at all times. Roofers then install a roof cap vent. Ok by local practices in majority of states. The opening of a cap vent is about 2″. The life of a roof shingle is void from the manufacturer if that roof ever gets more then 2″ of snow. No contractor or local code person will tell you that.

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  • Michele Frederick    March 4, 2019 | 3:17 pm

    “These are a few features of a home to check out before your seller puts it on the market, saving both of you a headache.”

    How’s about we start getting the Seller to get a pre-market inspection and save everyone a whole lot of transaction stress/anxiety? How is it fair to ask the Buyer to pay for the inspection, and then have the Seller not deal with issues that they should already know about?

    Yes, some Buyers/Inspectors are going to use their report to ask for more than necessary or more than reasonable repair credits. But if the Seller does a pre-market inspection, and they disclose/price accordingly, there are fewer surprises. Transparency and disclosure will go a long way to getting everyone on the same page.

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    • Dee McClimon    March 4, 2019 | 5:44 pm

      I have always thought that the seller should be “required” to get a septic inspection and well inspection. Why should a buyer have to pay to find out if your septic is working.

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  • Gary L Cassel    March 4, 2019 | 4:12 pm

    Why not offer a home warranty when the property is listed in the hope that some of these items – HVAC, electrial, plumbing, might be covered if there are issues? Some home warranty plans offer the Seller coverage for a certain period of time during the marketing period. I like the pre listing inspection performed by the Seller for informational purposes, so hopefully there are no surprises. But I also suggest the Buyer secure their own inspections, at the Buyers cost, even if the Seller has provided same.

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  • mark Woods    March 4, 2019 | 8:05 pm

    whatever they may find. dont waive the inspection.

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  • Dave    March 5, 2019 | 5:24 am

    The math is wrong. 50,000 inspection reports observed. 11,000 dollars was the average home repairs found in a home inspection, but then goes on to say average home requires 20 repairs is under 250. Thats only 5,000 dollars. Towards the end of serviceable life is not a repair its something to be aware of. If you click the link to the article only 15,000 were observed not 50,000. This person took some liberties in writing this article.

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    • Leighton, Kelly    March 5, 2019 | 8:05 am

      Dave, if you click on the report, it clearly states they analyzed more than 50,000 home inspections throughout the U.S. in the year 2018. It also clearly states that the average house had around $11,000 in repairs. Just because the top 20 were around $550 doesn’t mean they all were. All of the data is in the report, which is available on the website.

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