Common Defects: Detached Garages

Detached structures are not normally as important to homeowners as their primary dwelling (and for obvious reasons). We don’t live in detached structures, and they don’t directly affect our house.

Still, detached structures are valuable pieces of property that shouldn’t be overlooked. They often house important and valuable items like cars, motorcycles, lawnmowers, expensive stored items and other valuables. Taking care of detached structures should be a top priority, but it’s easy to neglect or overlook structures we don’t actually live in. However, doing so is a mistake.

Some common defects with detached structures are missing gutters and downspouts, significantly deteriorated mortar joints of concrete block walls (if the walls are masonry), missing photoelectric “red eye” safety sensors for overhead, mechanical garage doors and inadequate sealing that allows pests easy access to the interior.

Of course, some of these defects may be acceptable to most homeowners with detached structures; BUT, fixing these deficiencies is usually fairly easy and inexpensive, and making these repairs is a wise investment to ensure that these structures (which are quite valuable) remain in a good state of repair.

If you have a detached garage, shed or other outbuilding, I encourage you to take some time to perform a simple check on your own. See if gutters and downspouts are present, if mortar joints are intact or deteriorated, if garage door safety sensors are in place, and so forth; and make the time and financial investment necessary to remedy any defects. You won’t regret this small investment in the additional structures on your property.

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Author: hillinspections

I am a Certified Master Inspector (CMI) and the owner and operator of Hill Property Inspections LLC, the top-rated inspection company in the greater Johnstown, PA area, based out of western Pennsylvania. I specialize in property inspections and environmental testing services and have a passion for helping my own clients and other families in learning to properly maintain their homes. I’m also the owner of Hill Pest Control, LLC and a pest management professional committed to helping our clients rid their homes and businesses of unwanted pests. I am an Army veteran, former State Farm Insurance Agent, and real estate investor with experience in all facets of real estate construction, transaction and insurance. I am also the founder and President of the Southwestern PA Chapter of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and an affiliate member of the Cambria-Somerset Association of Realtors (CSAR).

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