Common Items Home Inspectors Miss
There is often much more than meets the eye when it comes to evaluating the state of a house. When you are ready to buy a home one of the most important people in the process will be your home inspector.
Expect your home inspector to check the house from top to bottom—that includes plumbing, wiring, floors, crawlspaces and basements. Inspectors will not sign off on any areas outside of their expertise due to liability issues – so do not assume a clean bill of health from the inspector means that the house is 100% perfect.
Talk with your inspector about the following 6 areas of inspection and if any fall outside their realm of expertise, bring in a second or even third opinion for the areas in question.
· Roof inspection
· Geological inspection
· Foundation inspection
· Termite inspection
· Moisture, mold, and toxin inspection
· Asbestos inspection
A home’s age and location will dictate if special investigation of certain areas is warranted. For example: a house built before 1975 absolutely must be checked for asbestos – especially if it has popcorn ceilings. Homes on or near a hillside should undergo a geological inspection to check the integrity of the land base as should homes on flatlands, which may be prone to risks such as liquefaction.
A home that has additions or remodels should come with documentation proving that the work completed was done to code. This includes sunrooms, decks, sheds and other additions.
Lastly, ask your inspector to weigh in on what they find when examining the home heating and cooling system. The cost to repair, update or replace these systems can be astronomical.
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