Can you fail a home inspection?

So when we talk about failing a home inspection, we want to make a home inspection isn’t necessarily about passing or failing, but rather about making sure all of the issues are fully uncovered! What can happen, however, is the inspection may reveal some serious issues with the home that may require some money and time to resolve.

There are a few major things that can raise concerns amongst buyers. In this blog we will cover some of the most common reasons for a “failed” home inspection, and what to do if it happens to you!

Some of the serious issues we see in Idaho:

One of the more common serious issues is due to moisture intrusion, which can be caused by anything from poor site drainage to a poor flashing installation on the roof. No matter the age of the home, it’s best to get all of the possible sources of moisture intrusion checked out during your inspection. Mold is another issue that can come up during an inspection.

Mold can be tricky to spot, and sometimes it isn’t even visible to the naked eye! Mold detection, and tests can help save you from not only an expensive repair, but also some hefty medical bills! Homeowner modifications can also be a serious issue. Sometimes the best of intentions by the weekend handy-man can result in situations that can be both potentially dangerous or lead to issues down the road.

These commonly include plumbing, electrical and structural modifications. These problems are all common reasons for home inspections to “fail”. If any of these issues are found during your inspection, the home inspector will likely recommend that you have them repaired or replaced before closing on the home.


While it may seem like the end of the world if some of these serious issues are found during your home inspection, it’s important to remember that it’s not always a deal-breaker. In most cases, the buyer has the option to back out of the sale or renegotiate with the seller to have necessary repairs made before closing. In the event that you are the seller, work with your realtor closely to determine which repairs you should be liable for. And if you are the buyer, be sure to have open communication with your agent, and the seller if possible to come up with the best solution for everyone! Final Thoughts: In the meantime, if you’re in the market for a new home, be sure to keep an eye out for these common inspection issues! And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your real estate agent. They’re there to help make this process as smooth as possible for you! What are some other serious issues that can come up during the home inspections? Let us know in the comments below!

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