There are a number of different home inspections you should conduct during the buying process in order to ensure that you are making the right decision. This is because any kind of problems surface after the purchase become your responsibility and you have to complete the maintenance work and cover repair costs yourself. Getting a property inspected also gives you leverage when negotiating the purchase price because these costs count against the overall value of the property.
A Personal Inspection is when you go for an open house viewing and it is recommended that you use this as an opportunity to inspect the house you are considering to buy thoroughly beforehand.. This is the best time to take a look at the features in the house and get a better feel of the overall quality of the property. Consider taking someone along with you to get a second perspective in picking out potential faults and issues that you may otherwise tend to overlook. During the course of the inspection, you can check features such as the doors and windows, hardware, walls and ceilings, floorboards, plumbing fixtures electrical switches, and more. If at all possible, bring some binoculars and a good flashlight to look for any defects in the gutters, roofing, and exterior walls.
While a detailed personal inspection can give you a good idea of the condition of the overall property, it is important to hire a home inspector who will provide you with a detailed home inspection report after scrutinizing any of the various issues and structural defects they might find. A good home inspector will be able to detect problems that might be easily missed by the untrained eye and if there are certain features or structures that you want the building inspector to specifically look at you will want to be sure to mention these before they conduct the inspection. It is that personal touch that allows for better communication between you and the inspector.
Pests such as termites have become a very real threat and many structures have become infested with these highly destructive pests. These silent pests eat into the wooden features on a property, affecting its integrity and stability.
During a pest inspection, the professional will thoroughly survey the entire property to check for evidence of any wood-destroying insects such as borers or termites. They will look for existing as well as potential damage in every area of the property and utilizes a combination of a visual check and infrared camera images.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and Maryland is home to many areas with high levels of radon. If high levels of radon are found in the home it can frequently become the seller's responsibility to initiate remediation measures.
Many structures have high levels of moisture which can provide a home for various forms of fungi and/or mold. Mold testing can ensure that the home is free of the microbial activity that can affect the health of your family.
If your home uses well and septic then it is a good idea to get the septic tank inspected previous to the sale of the home since septic issues can be among the more expensive repairs your home may need. Well water testing previous to the sale also give the homeowner an idea of what water treatment options are needed (if any) to assure the occupants of the home have clean and healthy water for everyday use.