We often get the question, “Why do I need a home inspection?” There are many answers to this question and many reasons to get your home inspected by a certified inspector. Here’s our list of every one who needs to get a certified home inspection:
1. Are you selling your home?
While most people do not recognize this as standard practice, getting your home inspected before you list has huge benefits. Almost everyone is completely unaware of the issues their home has. There are defects that could be as little as a leaky window or those that could cost you extravagant amounts in the long run including foundation, structural, electrical, plumbing, or roof issues. Your buyer’s inspector will likely recognize these and bring to fruition a time consuming and expensive endeavor for you to address before you can close on your home. By getting your own inspection, you avoid this time-suck in the future and can also save yourself money now. Moreover, hiring your own inspector guarantees an impartial and unbiased inspection and provides you with a report for your buyers from the get-go. You will have confidence in your listing, and you will find, by having a certified inspector inspect your home before, you stand out amongst other sellers and avoid the headache and surprise that your buyer’s inspection will bring.
2. Are you buying a home?
Buying a new home is nothing to take lightly. An expensive and long-term purchase such as a home is not something you buy on a whim. Getting your prospective property inspected by a certified inspector is vital to both your purchase and your well-being. Issues such as mold and radon gas can have serious health effects, and while the tangible nature of a structural defect is obvious immediately or in the near future, the longterm impact of airborne toxins, water pollutants, and other common hazards often go unnoticed until it is too late. Beyond getting a general inspection, it is important you test for radon gas, and if you have a well that you test it for pollutants. Many of our radon tests come back above the EPA standards. Whether your home is brand new or built a century ago, you can be at risk for high radon levels. Adding auxiliary services to your home inspection protects you and your family in the long run.
3. Are you purchasing a brand new home?
We rarely have an inspection where we find zero defects. It doesn’t matter if your home was built yesterday, building a house is a complicated process, and it is nearly impossible to do so perfectly. No matter how much you respect your builder, it is behoove of any one purchasing a new home to get a third-party inspection. Once your home inspection is complete, you will have an extensive report to provide your builder’s; the report acts as an advocate for your family’s safety and wallet. Foundation, pre-sheetrock, and construction inspections help you get the problems solved before the process becomes extensive and expensive.
4. Is your one-year builder’s warranty expiring?
As we have previously mentioned, we never inspect a home with zero defects. Just because your home is new does not mean it is perfect. Your warranty is there for your protection; if you do not utilize it to its full-capacity, you will end up footing the bill for any repairs. Your report will be your advocate as well as your inspector, and both will assist you in getting what you deserve from your builder before you’re no longer able to ask. Save yourself the money, the time, and the worry of future issues; get them inspected and addressed by your builder before it is too late!
5. Are you worried about mold?
Many people with mold concerns skip the testing and go straight to the mitigation. When you do this, you put yourself at risk for unnecessary costs. Mold mitigators need to make money; as such, they have a conflict of interest in testing. With no regard to what the truth of the matter is, they will likely tell you you have mold. This conflict of interest is best avoided by having a third-party certified inspector inspect and test your home for mold. If your results come back high, this is when you need to contact a mold mitigation specialist. While a mold test and inspection can be pricey, it may save you the thousands of dollars.
6. Have you tested for Radon gas before?
If you answered no, you need to get your home tested. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Your life and your children’s life (even if they’re furry children) could be at risk from exposure to elevated levels of radon, and there is no way you would know without testing. Radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Unlike mold where allergies and asthma can be a tell-tale, radon will have no immediate side-effects. If your home’s levels are above 4.0pCi/L, you and your family are at risk. Test now; save a life.
There are numerous and varying reasons to have your home inspected, but the take-all remains the same: inspect your current or prospective home to protect your family’s safety, health, and wealth.