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The home buying process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written inspection report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the home inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming.
Relax. Most of a buyer inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during a buyer inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure or nit-picky items.
A standard home inspection is a visual examination of accessible areas of a property. A home inspector will inspect many items, including the following:
For more details of what is and is not included in a standard home inspection, see the InterNACHI Standards of Practice. Items, such as well testing and radon testing, may be available as an added service. Contact us to talk to a certified home inspector.
Having a home inspector check a home provides benefits to both the buyer and the seller. Whether done as a seller inspection or a buyer inspection, the inspection should be the same. As put by the InterNACHI Code of Ethics, home inspectors must be "fair, honest, impartial, and act in good faith" no matter who they are working for.
Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The gas may enter a home through its foundation and is a common occurrence in PA. Radon can be detected with a simple test and if levels are too high, a radon mitigation system can be installed. The PA Department of Environmental Protection has more information and the United States Department of Environmental Protection has several documents containing useful information.
We conduct radon testing using a Sun Nuclear Continuous Radon Monitor. Pennsylvania Radon Certification Identification Number 2947.
Well water testing can detect bacterial contamination or if certain other harmful substances, like lead or arsenic, are present. In addition, well testing can tell you if the well has sufficient water output to meet your needs. Running out of water in the middle of a shower or doing laundry is unpleasant, to say the least. More information from InterNACHI is available here and from the PA Department of Environmental Protection here.
You do not have to have a well to get benefit from water testing. While you may not be concerned with water contamination from your public water company, water testing can pick up issues that do not occur at the source. For instance, water testing may detect lead from soldering in the water pipes of older homes.
Commercial water testing kits are available, but may be subject to contamination and false results if samples are not obtained, stored, and handled correctly. Whether you choose a water testing kit or professional water testing, make sure the samples are analyzed by a reputable organization.
A wood-destroying organism inspection is commonly referred to as a "termite inspection" or a "pest inspection". This inspection will look for evidence of termites or other living creatures that cause damage in wooden components of structures.
Eventually your buyers are going to conduct a buyer inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first. Having inspections performed ahead of time helps in many other ways. As explained on the InterNACHI Move-In Certified site:
Copies of the inspection report along with receipts for any repairs should be made available to potential buyers.