If you are planning to buy a house you like a lot, make sure to opt for a home inspection before finalizing the deal. Most homebuyers know the significance of home inspection and consult an experienced professional for that purpose.
There are several types of home inspections that are usually carried out for different purposes. Go through the following types and ensure you get the right one.
1. Roof Inspection
Although a general home inspection covers the roof, an additional roof inspection from a roofing contractor is a smart move if there’s some visible wear and tear. It’s a must if a home is older or the roof is over twenty years old.
2. Mold Inspection
Mold usually occurs near plumbing lines or the foundation; exposure to it can cause rashes, respiratory problems, or cold symptoms. Therefore, a mold inspection is commonly done by mold remediation companies and includes a visual assessment and testing of both surface and air samples.
3. Radon Inspection
Although radon might be more common in particular areas of the country compared to others, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recommends radon testing for all homes. If your general inspection didn’t cover testing for this gas, you need to find a professional inspector.
4. Asbestos Inspection
Asbestos has been linked to serious health issues and was a part of building materials used in the early days. If you are about to buy an older home and/or suspect the presence of asbestos, get an inspection done by a local asbestos abatement company.
5. Lead-based Paint Inspection
If the seller doesn’t know whether the home has lead-based paint, you should inspect a home for lead-based paint, as per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. There are online tools available to find a certified inspector.
6. HVAC Inspection
If your general inspection reveals problems with the HVAC system, it’s better to get a specialized inspection done. For example, if there’s no service record for the system, you should get an HVAC inspection. Although it is an extra expense, it could save you money in the long run.
7. Pool Inspection
If your prospective new home has a pool, remember that a general inspection might not take a closer look at your pool. You can opt for a dedicated inspection of the pool’s structure, pump, heating elements, filters, and safety features, like latches and fencing.
8. Electrical Inspection
Your home inspector might recommend an additional inspection of a home’s electrical systems if there’s anything wonky and risky. For example, light switches or outlets that aren’t working, exposed or faulty wiring, or older wiring or knob and tube wiring.
9. Structure and Foundation Inspection
Checking for cracks in doorways, warped windows, sloping floors, or doors that don’t close properly is essential because these issues can be very pricey to resolve. If there are suspected foundational issues, always prefer a licensed professional to take a look and make recommendations.
10. Plumbing and Sewer Inspection
A general home inspection doesn’t cover an in-depth check of your plumbing and sewer line. If anything is found unconventional or a bit dicey during a general inspection, opt for a specialized plumbing and sewer inspection using a scope that can uncover blockages, drainage, and other costly problems.
11. Chimney Inspection
This inspection checks how well a chimney and fireplace are ventilating and the condition of the exterior and, if necessary, the interior. This inspection is necessary, especially if a wood stove or fireplace hasn’t been used for a while. Prefer an inspector certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
12. Termite and Pest Inspection
These inspections generally cover the exterior and interior of the home. They provide proof to the buyers that the home is free from insects. A termite inspection is beneficial for the buyer if a house is built predominantly with wood trusses and beams.
13. Soil Inspection
The soil in some areas has higher levels of lead, and some properties lack adequate drainage. If you suspect these problems are present at the house you’re planning to buy, opt for a soil inspection.
We hope this article helps you understand these types and get the right inspections done for your home. If you are looking for an expert professional to carry out a home inspection, contact us at Atlantic Building Inspections today!