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Questions About Home Inspections...Ask The Expert!

By DeLena Ciamacco on Nov 10, 2015


Q: What are the different types of inspections? A: Generally, there are 6 types of inspections that a buyer can request. The most common is the general home inspection. This is a non-invasive examination of the condition of the home. Inspectors will look at the roof, basement, heating and cooling systems, water heater, plumbing, electrical, and structure of the home. This inspection may take anywhere from 3-5 hours depending on the size of the home. They will provide the buyers agent with a written copy of their findings. Termite and gas line inspections can be done at the same time, and possible by the same company that does the general home inspection. These inspections usually take less than an hour. For the termite inspection, the inspector will look for evidence of wood destroying insects such as wood damage, mud tubes, discarded wings, termite exit holes and droppings. For the gas line inspection, the inspector will use an “electronic sniffer” to check all gas lines from the gas meter/propane tank to the appliance connections. As with the general home inspection, the inspector(s) will provide a written copy of their findings to the buyers agent. The radon test is an extended test which usually takes 48-72 hours to complete. The monitoring unit is typically placed in the lowest level of “living space” and/or basement. If radon levels are high (4 PCi/L or greater), you will most likely be asked to mitigated. If applicable, well and septic inspections may be requested. Most county health departments recommend that a septic tank be pumped at least once every 3 years. If it has not been done on your system, be prepared for the buyers to request it. It is recommended that households with a well have their system “shocked” at least once annually to kill bacteria. If you have not done this within the past year, I recommend you do so. Water for a well test is typically drawn from the Kitchen sink. Mold tests are less common, but can be requested if the general home inspector notices mold in the home. A specialist may be called in at the buyers expense. Lead-based paint inspections determine the levels of lead-based paint that are present. The inspector may use a portable paint analyzer to measure if, and how much, lead is present on many surfaces. It is also less invasive and destructive than taking paint chips to a lab.

Q: What is the difference between a home inspection and appraisal? A: The home inspector will be looking at the condition and structure of the home. A home inspection is optional (but usually suggested) whereas an appraisal is required by the mortgage lender. The appraiser works for the bank and will be looking at the value of the home. Their evaluation of a property’s value is based on the condition of the home, features, and similar home sales in the area.

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