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Moving Soon? You Should Consider an Environmental Inspection

Posted in Asbestos Testing | Environmental Testing | Home Inspection Services | Mold Inspection on July 19th, 2019 by Ian Stevens

Are you one of the roughly 40 million Americans who will move this year? Moving can be a great opportunity, but it’s not without its risks.

A good example is a home you move to. While everything may look shipshape on the outside, there could be hidden risks.

That’s why you should consider an environmental inspection. Whether you plan to buy or sell, an inspection is a smart move. Here’s why: 

Why Home Inspection Tests Matter

If you’ve bought or sold a home before, you’ve probably heard advice about having the home inspected. Home inspectors look for damage in the home.

As a seller, this information is useful because it could pinpoint problems. By fixing these issues, you can demand a higher price for your home.

For buyers, a home inspection is even more important. It could uncover costly problems the current owners weren’t aware of or were trying to cover up. If you buy a home without having it inspected, you assume responsibility for these issues.

Home inspection testing can help you make a better buying decision. It could also help you negotiate the price of the home.

What Environmental Inspections Tests for

Many people think a home inspector’s test involves looking for physical damage. However, a home inspection broadly examines the home’s environment.

Your home inspection testing should look out for harmful substances and air pollutants. There are a few reasons for this.

The average age of an American home is around 40 years. Construction standards have changed a lot over time, which means older homes may have problematic designs. Some may still have materials like asbestos or lead paint.

An older home is more likely to have developed mold as well. Molds grow in warm, damp places. A leaky roof or window could lead not just to water damage, but mold growth as well.

Of course, even a new house can have mold. Radon is another risk to test for. This radioactive gas is found in many US homes of almost any age.

Look Outside the Home Too

As mentioned, some homes may still have lead issues. The hookups between the house and municipal water supplies could also still have lead in them.

Lead can also leach into the ground, along with other contaminants. If you’re buying a home with a yard, it’s a good idea to have the outdoors inspected too.

Who Should Inspect the Home?

If you want to have your home tested, make sure the inspector you hire can perform environmental tests. Not all home inspectors have the right licensing for these tests.

Take the Risk out of Moving

Buying or selling a home can be stressful. You don’t need to add to it by letting environmental risks go undetected.

With the right environmental inspection, buying and selling a home is a smoother process.

If you’re moving in northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, DC, soon, get in touch with us. An environmental inspection is always a smart move.