If your home inspector uncovers something serious, you may need to get an inspection by a person who specializes in that type of system. These specialists can help you decide if the problem is an easy fix or calls for a cancellation of the deal.
A common inspection is one for the presence of termites or termite damage. You may also want to have an inspector do radon testing to see if that gas is present in the home. For those properties with well and septic systems, you may want to have a septic-systems inspection.
Your lender may require an inspection in addition to an appraisal for your loan to be approved, or may rely on your inspector. Additional inspections are routinely required for FHA and VA guaranteed loans.
The city, county, or state may require certain inspections before the house can be sold, especially when the construction is brand new.
Common elements looked at in a full home inspection
• Structure: Foundations, floors, and walls.
• Exterior: Siding, paint, windows, decks, garage doors, sheds, etc.
• Roofing: Coverings, flashings, chimneys, etc.
• Plumbing: Piping, fixtures, faucets, water heating and fuel storage systems.
• Electrical: Wiring, main service panels, conductors, switches, receptacles.
• Heating: Equipment, safety controls, distribution systems, chimneys.
• Air conditioning and heat pumps: Cooling and air-handling equipment, controls, and ducting.
• Interior: Partitions, ceilings, floors, railings, doors, and windows.
• Insulation and ventilation: Attics, walls, floors, foundations, kitchen, and bathrooms.
• Special inspections:
• Carbon monoxide (CO) testing
• EIFS/Synthetic stucco
• Lead testing
• Mold sampling/survey
• Pests/Wood destroying organisms
• Radon testing
• Septic system testing
• Swimming pool/spa
• Water quality testing
• Well testing