Donnelly Properties, LLC

Common Defects

All home inspections will reveal defects in the property, most of these defects are true of most all properties—a good inspection will give you an idea of what needs fixing now and what can wait.


Roofing issues are common and come from basic missing shingles up to a roof that has gone beyond its usable life.  Winters are hard in Maine and a thorough check of the property’s roofing system is critical to making an informed decision about the purchase.

Rotted wood

Wood members installed at grade level or around windows and doors is subject to exposure to water and leaks.  This can result in rotting of the members and may need replacement or repair.

Water DamageCeiling Stains

Water from leaks often leaves behind tell-tale stains in the ceiling materials.  Donnelly inspectors use a moisture meter to determine if the leak is old or active.  If active, the source of leak will be investigated and recommended for repair or replacement.

ElectricalElectrical Hazards

Flaws in a homes electrical system can pose a danger to the family residing there and the structure itself.  Outdated systems or electrical work performed incorrectly by the home owner are situations that exist in many  homes.

Heating SystemHeating Systems

Most systems inspected by Donnelly will require some level of maintenance to ensure proper operation—cleaning, change filters, etc.  More rarely a system is at the end of its usable life and will require replacing.


It is a common occurrence to find leaky faucets or drains in older homes and even some newer construction.


Dryers and bathroom exhaust fans are used in almost all homes to remove hot wet air from the home.  These vents are properly installed when the vent directly to the exterior of the home.  Donnelly inspectors often see these vents directed into the attic instead.  This results in a moisture buildup in the attic and can lead to mold or rotting of wood members.

Hazardous Materials


Asbestos is a flame retardant used in home construction.  This material is still used in current products as well as products that may already be installed in your home.  This material is a known carcinogen and knowing where is exists in your home is the first step to handling it safely.

Radon GasRadon

Radon is a hazardous gas that is found in homes, schools, and other buildings throughout the world.  It is recognized as a Class A carcinogen and the leasing cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.  At the U.S. EPA action guideline radon level of 4 pCi/L, radon carries approximately 1000 times the risk of death as any other EPA listed carcinogen.


Lead paint and the dust it creates is an environmental hazard that exists in homes built prior to the 1980s.  Lead dust is created when surfaces coated with the paint rub together during use.  This dust settles into areas of the home frequented by our children and poses the greatest danger to them.