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Buying a Home? These Are the Types of Home Inspections You Should Consider to Protect Your Investment

Posted in Blog | Home Inspection Services on May 20th, 2019 by Ian Stevens

Congratulations, you’ve put in an offer on a home! Now it’s time to get your home inspection done. Not having your new home inspected can cause serious issues down the line. In fact, 70% of new homeowners said that a home inspection helped prevent potential issues.

If you are trying to figure out what home inspection types you should consider, then you’ve come to the right place. We will cover some of the common ones in this post. Keep reading to learn the types of home inspections you can get to make sure the house is in working order.

Types of Home Inspections

You can get a general home inspection, but there isn’t a guarantee that it will catch a more serious issue. A general check will only cover a surface level inspection of the home. If you want to go deeper, then consider getting one of the following inspections.

Termite and Pest

Damage caused by infestations can leave behind a wake of destruction. Unfortunately, a general inspection won’t catch these as they aren’t specific enough for their examinations. A pest inspection will look for the particular damage caused by pests which may include structural damage.

Chimney

If you have an older chimney, then it may have foundational problems. An inspector will be able to tell you if the brick is crumbling and if flue liners are installed. A flue liner will help protect the chimney and make it more resistant to heat and sparks, helping it prevent damage to your home.

Foundation

A foundation inspection will inform you of any structural problems with your home foundation. It will find any cracking, slipping, or water seeping into the home.

Heat and A/C

When your HVAC system malfunctions it isn’t always an easy or inexpensive fix. If your general inspection reveals a problem with the unit, you will need to get a more specialized inspection to find the root problem.

Roof

The older the roof is, the more cause for getting it inspected. Your roof can take a beating from the weather and damage isn’t always apparent. Additionally, if your roof is passed the average lifespan for a roof, an insurance company may require this or require a new one.

Asbestos

Asbestos has been shown to be a major health hazard. Before moving your family into a new home, you’ll want to ensure the environment is safe. A common belief is that a general inspection will test for asbestos. Because Asbestos is typically found within the building material in your home, a separate inspection for it should be scheduled. The technician will check the most common areas in which Asbestos is found- which may include insulation, roofing, vinyl floors, siding, and more.  

Radon

Radon is a source of radiation found in soil in some locations. It isn’t a big deal most of the time, but because your home is an enclosed space, it can get trapped inside. It is relatively easy to treat, and a qualified specialist can help you do it. Radon gas can make its way into your home through cracks in your foundation. If your new home is found to have Radon present, you may want to considering having an inspection done of the foundation. 

Mold

Surface level mold isn’t hard to spot, but it can also grow inside walls and other places that aren’t easy to find. Specific mold tests need to be run to find any hidden mold. Proper testing can detect mold under paint, carpeting, and behind walls. 

Don’t Deal with It Later – Get a Home Inspection Today

Now that you know the types of home inspections that are available you can start scheduling your appointment. Don’t skip this step. It may seem like more work, but it can save you in the long run.

Are you looking to add a mold inspection to the list? Contact us today. We’ll be glad to help.