While most of the world is waiving home inspections with the fling of their hand and jumping into the real estate world anyway, home inspections are still a crucial part to understanding your property and the life of the home. The structural integrity of a home is paramount and although there are a lot of buyers that are simply jumping into a deal willy-nilly without needing a home inspection, it is a valuable step to the homebuying process.
There are many reasons to waive the home inspection, especially in a seller’s market. But if you have any concerns, simply get an inspection after you’ve closed on the home. This not only can help you determine the life of items and fixtures in the home but can give you any red flags that you need to be aware of to plan for in the future. In addition to a general inspection, there are other types of inspections that can be specially designed to focus on one feature of the home. Here are several different additional home inspections you might consider either before you finalize or even after you’ve closed on the home.
Additional Home Inspections Buyers Should Consider
#1. HVAC inspection.
Most inspectors will take a look at the general heating and cooling system of the house but strange sounds or smells could indicate an underlying issue and if the inspector is not well proficient in this field, they may recommend an additional inspection. An HVAC inspection will clearly give you a picture of the homes heating and cooling system and give recommendations for repairs, energy-efficient upgrades, or even when things are likely to conk out on you. For instance, if you know you have 10 years left on a furnace and a furnace is going to cost $10,000, you know and you need to save roughly $1000 a year to have that money ready to go when the replacement is necessary.
#2. Pest inspection.
Again, most inspectors will give a general pest inspection but if there’s any other indications that a bigger problem could be going on, they may recommend an additional inspection. A trained specialist can clearly identify if there is a continuing presence of pests such as termites, rodents, or spiders in the homes exterior and interior, how large the infestation is, and how to get rid of it.
#3. Lead-based paint and asbestos.
If you buy a home prior to 1978, chances are you have some sort of lead-based paint or asbestos in the home. As long as it’s either painted over or not disturbed, it could be perfectly fine but even low levels of lead-based paint can cause minor health issues and be hazardous, especially if you have young children. The specialist can check for peeling or chipped paint as well as test asbestos in the ceiling and insulation and offer remedies for cleaning up the situation.
#4. Septic inspection.
Well it might be nice to trust the seller and that they just had the septic tank pumped, only a septic inspection can prove it. I had a client once that trusted the seller that the septic was fine and three months after they moved in had a major blowout that cost them $30,000 to replace. The on-site inspector suggested having a septic inspector as an additional cost but the buyer did not want to shell out the $800 for the additional inspection which could have shown all of these problems just waiting to come to the surface.
#5. Radon inspection.
Many inspectors are well-versed in radon and if you’re looking for a home where basements are common, requesting a radon test as part of the inspection can help give you peace of mind. Nearly 1 out of every 5 homes in the United States has elevated radon levels and the EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon levels during the point of sale.
#6. Pool or spa inspection.
Most general home inspectors, especially around the Portland area, are not going to be proficient in a pool or hot tub inspection. While a great outdoor amenity, not inspecting the structure and equipment systems could cause major costly problems down the road. You want to check for a leak-free situation, solid plumbing systems, and make sure that water is draining properly. [source]
Again, most home inspectors will check the foundation, crawlspace, plumbing and electrical, mold and chimney inspections but there are additional things and if they recommend an additional inspection, it’s never a bad idea to consider. The last thing you want is to spend thousands of dollars when you could’ve just spent a couple of hundred getting an additional inspection to find out everything you need to know.
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