When you buy a home, it’s important to do due diligence on the property. Most of this is taken care of by inspections. There are a number of different kinds of inspections you may need in your home—how do you know which ones to order?
The first is a building inspection. This is the general home inspection most buyers get where they look for major flaws with the systems and structure of the home. They are mainly looking for anything that can be a health or safety issue.
The next inspection to consider is a radon inspection. Any radon level over four picocuries per litre (pCi/L)requires us to take action. We just had a home that was at eight picocuries per litre but we got it back under two. There are two different types of radon inspections. One involves placing a cannister in your home, then sending it off to a lab to get measured. It will usually take five to seven days. The other option involves a machine in your basement that will allow you to get the results a few days quicker. However, this option is more expensive.
A pest inspection is also something you should consider. A pest company will come out and take a look to see if there is anything of concern in your home, for a nominal fee, of course.
If you have an older roof or think there may be some leaks, it may be worth it for you to have a roofing company come out and take a look. Otherwise, the building inspector will be able to tell if something is up in most cases.
If you have a chimney, you should probably get it inspected as well. Chimneys can be expensive to repair, but they don’t have to be if you’re proactive about getting them taken care of.
You can also go to your town’s engineering department to pull the records from your sewer line. It will tell you what’s going on. It’s definitely something worth looking into.
If you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.