Most Common Home Inspection Findings in Oregon

Here are some of the most common issues that are uncovered during home inspections in Oregon.

Mold and Mildew

  • Mold and mildew in the home is a side effect of moisture intrusion. Typically moisture intrusion is the results of issues with the roof, plumbing, ventilation, and grading/drainage.
  • If you think you see or smell mold in your home, consider getting mold testing done.

Major concerns

Health effects of living with mold.

How to fix

Call a local mold remediation specialist.

Roof Issues

  • Roof issues like loose shingles, flashing, and gutters are very common findings during home inspections in Oregon. Depending on the age of the roof, these may be fixed with a few minor repairs. However, more extensive issues may require a total roof replacement.
  • If you notice leaks in your ceiling, know that this can lead to moisture issues and water damage in your home.

Major concerns

Water damage from leaks.

How to fix

Repair or replace roof.

Outdated Wiring

  • Commonly found in older homes, knob-and-tube wiring, cloth wiring, and other types of outdated wiring are serious fire hazards and may even cause your home to be un-insurable.
  • If you find outdated wiring in your home, replace it with a modern system. Don’t forget to check the fuse boxes and circuit breakers as well.

Major concerns

Fire hazard and insurance.

How to fix

Replace wiring.

Poor Ventilation

  • Many home buyers don’t consider ventilation when looking at a home but poor ventilation, especially in bathrooms and attics, can lead to bigger problems like moisture damage. Even if you have fans in your bathrooms, the moisture from taking a hot shower might just rise up into the attic, leading to mold and mildew issues up there.
  • Using spot ventilation to remove moisture in problem areas, like bathrooms and attics, are common ways to improve ventilation.

Major concerns

Moisture damage.

How to fix

Install additional exhaust fans in problem areas.

Poor Insulation & Weatherproofing

  • Poor overall insulation allows for air to enter and escape the home easily, leading to higher power bills. It’s common to see attics, crawlspaces, and basements with very little or no insulation. Installing insulation to these areas is usually cheap, and can save on heating and cooling expenses.
  • Weatherproofing doors and windows can also help save on energy expenses. Just use weatherstripping, caulk and other tools to fill in cracks and gaps.

Major concerns

Decreased energy efficiency, higher power bills.

How to fix

Install additional insulation and weatherproofing.

Grading & Drainage

  • Poor grading around the home can cause water to collect around the foundation, and leak into the basement if you have one. If this happens in the winter and the water freezes, it could crack the foundation causing serious structural damage.
  • Gutters and drains should be spaced away from the home to channel water away from the foundation. If water is collecting around the exterior, gutters and drains need to be extended, and/or additional drainage solutions can be implemented.

Major concerns

Structural damage to the foundation caused by water intrusion, basement flooding.

How to fix

Regrading ground around home and replacing inefficient gutters and drains with proper systems.

Plumbing

  • Plumbing damage is a common sight during a home inspection, and it can be a serious concern. A single damaged pipe can cost you thousands in water damage.
  • Low water pressure is another common issue. It’s usually caused by poor-quality fixtures, water valve issues, or clogged pipes. A plumber will be able to diagnose and fix the issue.

Major concerns

Water damage.

How to fix

Varies depending on the issue.