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Common Inspections To Consider When Purchasing A Home

Jan 27, 2023


Common Inspections To Consider When Purchasing A Home 


Getting home inspections can provide you with valuable information and peace of mind during the home-buying process. 


You'll be able to tackle issues early on if you have a home inspection done, which gives you leverage to negotiate and can improve your home's longevity. Professional inspections also catch more than just what you look out for during a tour. 


When you spend money on these common inspections during the home-buying process, you can save big later.




During a pest inspection, a pest inspector or pest control expert will check inside and outside of your home for signs of damage or pest infestation. An inspector will also identify areas pests may use to get into your home.


Your real estate agent can also give you insight into what pests are common in the area and climate. Once you get this inspection, you can address areas of concern and take preventative measures to keep insects and pests out of and away from your home. 




A roof inspection is a perfect example of paying now for an inspection to save thousands of dollars later. A roofing contractor can look for signs of leaking, damage, or trouble - like mold - on the roof. That means you'll know about any rotting wood that may be underneath before it becomes a larger issue. They can also identify areas where heat may be escaping the home by using an infrared scanner. 


This inspection is especially important when you don't know the age and lifespan of your roof, which depends on the material it's made out of and local weather conditions. 




Lead paint has been banned since 1978, so this inspection is most worthwhile for older homes. Lead is extremely toxic and can lead to numerous health problems, and home sellers must tell you any information they know about lead-based paint in the home if it was built before 1978. But if a test hasn't been done, they might not have that information for you, making an inspection necessary for your health. 


During this inspection, a lead inspector will look for chipped or peeling paint and will collect paint samples to be evaluated in a lab. 




If you see mold, you have mold, but an inspection can tell you more about it. During a mold inspection, an inspector may conduct a visual assessment and take surface and air samples to figure out what kind of mold you have. Mold inspectors can also test for humidity levels and can recommend how to best remove and prevent mold.


Get this inspection to avoid health concerns like allergic reactions and respiratory issues caused by mold. Don't skip this one if the house has had previous water damage or is located near a body of water. 




The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you get your home tested for radon. Nearly one in every 15 homes in America has an elevated radon level, and having radon in your home can increase your risk for lung cancer and other health issues. Radon can't be seen or smelled, so getting radon testing is the only way to be sure you don't have it in your home. 



During an electrical inspection, an electrician will review your home's entire electrical system. Faulty electrical systems are among the top causes of home fires, making electrical inspections an important way to protect your home and your family. During an inspection, an electrician will look for electrical issues that could put your home at risk, like exposed or spliced wires or any improper installations. 



Are you ready for your new home to be inspected? When you buy with Orizon, your real estate agent will handle inspection timelines and responses and will be there to answer all your questions. Call us at 260-248-8961 to get connected with an Orizon Real Estate agent today.