8 Things Your Home Inspector Won't Inspect

Who can’t wait for inspection day? It’s one of the most exciting days there are! You get to explore every inch of the home looking for flaws. Run all the appliances, peel back the carpet, and test all the lights while keeping your fingers crossed!

The inspector should inspect every nook and cranny to give you an honest evaluation. If they miss anything it could end up costing you a boatload of money. Even if you hire an inspector don’t expect them to reveal every little hidden secret your house holds. Some do not inspect areas of homes they are not qualified in, because they don’t want to be held liable. Check with them first to see what areas they cover and don’t cover. Here are the following fields in which you need inspected.

Roofs

Calling in a roof specialist will save you thousands if there turns out to be something wrong with your current roof. Keep in mind when you are trying to have an inspection, because having a roof covered with snow could pose a problem.

Chimneys

If there is a question of structural damage or instability, you want your chimney to be inspected. They can use their chimney cam (video camera) to inspect the tall tube and look for damage.

Geological

Having a home on a cliff, hillside, or flood zone could be an issue, but having a geological inspection will set you at ease. They could uncover the damage possibilities you probably missed, or give advice on how to prevent a disaster, saving you thousands down the road.

Sewers

Sewer inspectors can enlighten you on the integrity of your pipes and uncover cracks or leaks from the street to your house. If your home is heavily landscaped, you will want to get your sewer inspected because roots tend to invade the pipe lines. If you underestimate this inspection and pass, you could be passing along a big check to have this repaired later on, and it will stink!

Termites

Sellers typically cover this inspection because banks and mortgage companies require this inspection before loaning money. Take a look at the completed report and the recommended work has been followed through correctly.

Mold, moisture, and toxins

Crawlspaces are the leading candidate spots for holding mold and moistures. Basically any area below ground has a good chance of holding water. If you have moisture, you may have mold, so before you sign your name, be sure the home is clear of any moisture and or mold.

Asbestos

I your home was built before 1975, get yourself an asbestos inspection. It can hide in your insulation, around ducting, water heaters, and pipes. The seller should pay for the inspection and the removal.

Nonconforming-use

This is basically a joint effort between your inspector and real estate agent to see if all additions or renovations have been properly and legally permitted. This means if you obtained permits for your garage, screened-in porches, additional bedrooms, etc. It can be quite a headache if you find yourself in a legal bind over improper documentation. 

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