Buying a home is an exciting time and it’s easily the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. As such, you need to be vigilant in making sure every aspect of the deal and the property is on the up and up.
While most homebuyers are on board with a general inspection, it might make sense to schedule a few specialized inspections besides, especially if the home you’re buying is an older one. Below, we discuss several specialized home inspections you should consider when buying a home.
1. A Roof Inspection
A general home inspection will probably identify obvious roof issues, but a specialized roof inspection may turn up underlying issues and tiny imperfections that could lead to major problems fast.
2. A Chimney Inspection
Whether the home you’re purchasing has a fireplace or not, the chimney is a vital part of its inner workings. A chimney inspector will look for cracks in the mortar and any other damage that should be addressed by the sellers before you sign on the dotted line. The inspector will also let you know if the chimney has a buildup of dangerous creosote, a byproduct of wood burning that poses a fire risk if not cleaned regularly.
3. An Attic Inspection
A general inspection may not turn up any issues in the attic, but a specialized attic inspection might turn up issues that need to be addressed right away. For instance, if you’re buying a home in a hot climate, your air conditioner may run night and day. You’ll want to ensure the insulation in your attic is such that your home is as energy efficient as it can be. Furthermore, an attic inspection can turn up any moisture or mold issues that can lead to damage and/or respiratory problems once you move in.
4. Electrical Inspection
Regardless of the age of the home you’re buying, you should have a professional electrical inspector take a look at its wiring to make sure it’s up to date. Even if your home is a new construction, it’s a good idea to make sure the wiring meets city code requirements to avoid trouble later on.
5. An HVAC Inspection
An old HVAC system can make weird noises or have strange smells, indicating an issue within. Having the entire system inspected by a professional can give you an estimate of its remaining lifespan and whether you should have the sellers replace it before you take ownership.
6. Mold/Mildew Inspection
Just because you can’t see mold doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist in your new home. The presence of mold can indicate leaks, water damage, and/or a history of flooding.
A mold expert will conduct a series of tests inside your home to find mold wherever it might be lurking, so you know the full story.
7. A Pest Inspection
Every home is susceptible to pest infestation. From termites and carpenter ants to rodents and more, pests love to set up residence inside the walls of your home whenever they can. An initial inspection can turn up damage caused by pests but having a pest inspection done will tell you if the pests are still there, how big the infestation is, and how long it’s been there. This information will save you the trouble of having to deal with the problem after you sign on the dotted line, and knowing your dream home is pest-free is serious peace of mind.