My home passed the Inspection, so it’s Perfect!

A home inspector’s job is to find all the cracks in the foundation, and wood rot. Even the best inspector sometimes doesn’t find the problems that quietly sit behind your walls. Home inspectors sole purpose is to find the material problems within a house that will devalue the property which can also make it unsafe. They are there to make sure your home is safe and is a good investment at the same time. But let’s take a look at some defects that can go unnoticed.

HVAC deficiencies

When you have issues with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, it’s never fun. Home inspectors often miss these because they are hesitant to run these systems in extreme heat or cold because they don’t want to run the risk of overusing it.

If there are issues with your system then the best move is to get a licensed HVAC specialist to take a look at it.

Water damages

In an inspection the inspector will run your faucets, but it will take a few days before leaks begin to reappear if the house hasn’t been lived in for a while. Even if the previous owners had water issues, they can be easily hidden by paint or furniture. There’s also a good chance the inspector won’t find the leak if it is coming from the roof. Even if they go up on the roof, they’re still difficult to detect.

Environmental toxins

If your home was built pre-1978 there’s a good chance it has some environmental hazards lurking in the walls like lead paint, and abnormally high radon levels. You should invest in specialized home testing kits to check the status of your home. Radon can be in any home despite the age, foundation type, or location of the heating system. Most home inspectors won’t test for this type of thing.

If you know there is a definite problem before closing, you can request the seller to help pay for the treatment of these harmful toxins. This is usually never a cheap fix.

Damaged sewer lines

Homeowners are responsible for their sewer lines that run from their homes to the city. It’s best to find out if the line needs replacement before you buy a home, and especially not after. A broken or clogged sewer line could result in raw sewage coming out of drains. That sounds absolutely disgusting.

A common home inspection will tell you the type of drain pipe the builder used and tell you its general age, but won’t tell you the condition of the sewer lines. If the home you’re looking at is older than 20 years, you will want to pay a professional to scope the sewer line and make sure no trees have gotten into the line.

Most home inspectors are very helpful in getting you the information you need on the house you want to buy. In order to dodge the unexpected after closing costs, you might need to be beyond a standard inspection. They will not be cheap, but it will save you in the long run.

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