4 Types of Home Inspections You Can't Skip

For a potential homebuyer, home inspections are one of the most critical aspects of the home buying process. 

You would be surprised how many potential homebuyers skip inspections just to get the house of their dreams. However, unbeknownst to them, that dream home can become a nightmare if it isn’t properly inspected. 

Whether you are purchasing a pre-owned home or a newly constructed home, there are a few types of home inspections you should be aware of. Read on to explore some of the most common types of home inspections. 

Types of Home Inspections

A standard home inspection covers many areas of the home including electrical, plumbing, HVAC system, and mold; however, some areas are not typically covered during a routine home inspection.

For your peace of mind, you may benefit from requesting other types of inspections to ensure all your bases are covered.

Pest Inspection

Even if the initial home inspection revealed a pest-free space, that does not necessarily mean that the home is clear of an infestation or dry rot. 

Although a pest inspection is not required in all states, it can benefit you to hire a pest control company to thoroughly inspect your home to check for pests like mice, termites, and ants. 

Once a pest inspector inspects the home, the inspector will create a pest report, which identifies any areas of damage, treatment recommendations, and cost of repairs. 

Roof Inspection

Whether it is an older home or a newly constructed house, receiving a roof inspection is vital to the home inspection process. 

All roofs are at risk of faulty installations, which can increase the likelihood of issues and can even reduce the life expectancy of your roof. 

Common issues associated with a faulty roof include:

  • Ventilation
  • Leaks and moisture
  • Lack of routine maintenance
  • Shrinkage
  • Cracking and blistering
  • Punctures and holes
  • Bad flashing

Scheduling a roof inspection can help identify any of the problems listed above. The last thing you want to deal with is repairing a roof on your newly purchased home. 

Sewer or Septic System Inspection

Older homes may not be connected to a sewer system. It is best to get the sewer and septic system inspected to ensure everything is running smoothly. The best time to examine the sewer system is before you purchase the home.

Older homes may use an outdated sewer system, which can cause recurring issues for your home. Contact an experienced sewer inspector to determine if your system is damaged or needs to be updated. 

Gas and Chemical Inspection

Before you purchase any home, it is important to have the gas lines thoroughly inspected. Many of us rely on gas to cook, use hot water, and to heat our homes. If the gas line in the homes is damaged, it can lead to property damage and health complications. 

An experienced inspector will know how to identify the signs of gas leaks or gas poisoning. Many new home buyers also request a radon gas inspection. 

Find the Right Type of Home Inspection for Your Needs

The home buying process can be an exciting yet stressful time. Being prepared and understanding what steps to take can help make the home buying process more enjoyable.

Now that you know the types of home inspections you may need, be sure to talk to your agent about scheduling those inspections and get one step closer to finding the home of your dreams. 

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