Buyers have the right to include home inspection contingencies in most offers. This means that the buyer is paying to have a licensed professional inspect the condition of the home. The inspection will uncover any issues in the home that may have been otherwise unknown.
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s HVAC systems, interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. You will receive a written report of the inspection, but you also have the option to attend the inspection as well.
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. It is a naturally occurring gas that is colorless and odorless. We recommend this inspection for any homes with basements.
WOOD DESTROYING INSECT (WDI)
Ask your lender if your loan requires any certain inspections such as a WDI inspection.
If the home was built prior to 1978, there's a good chance the home contains, or at some point contained, lead-based paint. We recommend our clients review the "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home" document that we share during buyer consultations.
WELL WATER AND/OR SEPTIC
If the home has a septic system or well water, you will want to get an inspection specifically for these systems. A thorough inspection will make sure the water is not contaminated and ensure that the septic system is working properly.