A lot of home buyers ask their real estate agent about the inspections that need to be done. It’s for a good reason. If you’re buying a house, you should be aware of any problems that it may have that could affect the overall value. You really don’t want to pay for a property that will only leave you with a lot of problems later on. A thorough home inspection will be a great start to any real estate transaction.
Common areas that need to be included in a home inspection
- Inspection for mold – this is the first thing on the list because you typically won’t be able to find mold unless you really look for it. Mold does not grow in areas that are dry and with proper ventilation. Mold grows in damp areas where there’s a lot of moisture that they can thrive upon. There are different severities of mold infection though. If your home inspector confirms that it’s only a minor case, you shouldn’t be too worried. It’s not that much of a deal-breaker as it can be easily mended.
- Pests and insects – as you may already well know, pests and insects can come in a range of species that may inflict a number of problems to the home that you are planning on buying. A typical Charleston home inspection will involve looking for pests in all corners of the house. Again, there are different severities when it comes to pest infestation. You might need to call in an exterminator if you proceed with the purchase.
- Water source – there are plenty of homes out there that don’t connect to a public water source. Some homes use water wells for their everyday needs. If the property you plan on buying uses a well as its primary source of water, you might want to have the inspector check the well and its condition. Most of the time, a well is used when there is no nearby access to public water lines. If the well is in bad condition, you might want to look elsewhere.
- Septic system – the septic system is part of the home that nobody has the pleasure of dealing with. However, even if its dirty business, it has to be done. A general home inspection would normally include checks on the septic system to see if waste management is well-kept or not. Most states require homeowners to have their septic system checked before they could even put their homes on the market. However, it doesn’t hurt to double-check.
- Lead paint – lead-based paint is dangerous to human health. It can cause all sorts of different cancers as lead is highly toxic for humans. If you are buying an older home, you should put checking for lead paint a priority. You don’t want to have your kids in contact with lead paint as it can be dangerous and in some select cases, lethal.
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