Home inspection is critical even when you are certain that you are moving into a newly constructed home. This is because the inspection allows you the opportunity to test all appliances in the house to determine their functionality, confirm the quality of interior and exterior works and check out whether fittings such as carpets are properly done.Depending on the size of the house, a home inspection could cost you anything between $150 and $650, which is well worth it.
Ideally, home inspection is expected to locate faults in the house and repairs done before you move in. Some common faults that can be identified during home inspection include electrical wiring that is not done properly, roof repairs that need to be done, old heating systems that could be malfunctioning, violation of building permits, inefficient insulation and other problems that may not be easy to notice but can be costly to repair in both large and small houses.
As such, a home inspector should be able to inspect every corner of the house, from the garage, electric doors to built-in microwaves. But not all home inspectors will inspect everything and provide with a comprehensive for fear of being held accountable for issues that are outside their profession. Here are some of the areas that home inspectors are likely to avoid:
- Chimney inspection
During a home inspection, inspectors can check on chimneys by shining flashlights into the chimney areas to determine whether there are any visibility problems. They can also open and close dampers just to be sure they are operational. However, if in the process the home inspectors determine that the chimney has some form of obstruction, you may need to get a chimney specialist to undertake a detailed examination and determine the cause of the obstruction. There are two levels of chimney inspection. The first inspection level is done by a fire inspector who examines the creosote accumulation and dirt that could be causing chimney fire. The second level is performed by a chimney inspector and is recommended in situations where a house has experienced a major storm or earthquake. During the inspection, chimney specialists have to go up the roof and crawl into the attic space to check for damage.
- Moisture, mold, and toxin inspection
A moisture, mold and toxin inspection is very important especially where the home has basement, crawl spaces and below the ground level spaces. This kind of inspection should be done by a specialist who is better placed to determine the possibility of mold problems in the home even where it has not manifested physically. A moisture, mold and toxin inspection is a must do for homes that are located in wet zones near water masses such as oceans and lakes.
- Sewer inspection
While home inspectors are well placed to tell you whether the sewer system is flowing well or not, it is critical to have a sewer expert inspect the system further using a sewer camera. This will enable him to determine whether the system has any breakages or cracks between the house to the sewer line out on the street. A sewer inspection is particularly important where the property is heavily landscaped because root growth can clog or crack the sewer lines. Such an inspection cannot be underestimated because it is very costly to replace a sewer line.
- Roof inspection
If you hire a home inspector who is not qualified in roofing matters, he or she will avoid conducting a roof inspection on your house. This means that you may need to request roof specialist to inspect your roof at additional cost. As you plan for a roof inspection, you need to bear in mind the season because it will be difficult to examine the roof during winter, when it is covered with snow. However, it is best to conduct the entire inspection during summer when all parts of the house can be inspected rather than doing the inspection in bits.
- Geological inspection
In the event that a home is located on an area that experiences floods, by the hillside or on a cliff, a geological inspection is important. This kind of inspection cannot be undertaken by a home inspector so you’ll need to hire someone who has geological background. Such an inspection is useful in uncovering ground shifting problems as well as determine the severity of drainage problems. If you are planning on moving to a house that is constructed on one of these sites, a geological inspection can go a long way in saving you repair costs.
- Termite inspection
This inspection should be conducted by a qualified termite inspector to determine whether there is evidence that wood destroying insects are present in the home and the areas they use to access the home. The findings of this inspection are contained in a separate report.