I regret to say that I didn’t do much in the way of a home inspection before purchasing my house. I fell in love with the location and the floor plan without digging deeper into the nitty-gritty details. The first problems came in the form of spotty electrical connections, and they cost me a significant amount of money. Other issues remained hidden until the spring rain began to fill our basement with water.
When a particularly nasty storm caused a power outage in my home, I went to the basement to look for a flashlight. I found myself standing in about four inches of standing water. It didn’t take long for me to do what the previous homeowner had neglected to take care of: I installed a pair of stainless floor drains in the basement. It took a bit of work because I had to rearrange the floor to make it slope in two places, but the benefits made this process worthwhile. I’m hoping that was the last of the unpleasant surprises associated with this house.