As we all know these days the importance of Home inspections is increasing in order to sell or buy a house. There are many types of methods practiced during home inspections to inspect the regularities of different areas of the house.
The Home inspector generally checks the mold on the walls and ceilings, the structure of the house, furniture, and the appliances of the house, the strength of the house, the floors, and most importantly the cleanliness of the house. There are different types of home inspections practiced for different types of houses and places.
Let us go through some of the types of Home inspections.
● Radon testing inspection
Radon is an odorless and colorless gas. It is produced by the breakdown of the radioactive elements in the earth. It was found by the researchers that radon is such harmful gas that it is the second reason for lung cancer after smoking. It enters the house through cracks.
The radon inspection takes almost three months to test thoroughly. If you are closing the house and you do not have much time for a radon test then ask the seller of the home to show the previous results of the radon test and ask your home inspector to conduct a small 48 hours radon inspection and you can compare both the results and work accordingly.
● Termite inspection
It is also known as a wood-destroying organism inspection. This inspection takes care that the home that you are buying or selling does not contain any insect or organism that exploits the wood or the furniture. The termite inspection also checks the attack of fungus on the walls or ceilings. The termite inspector checks the infestation of various organisms on the furniture or woods or cracks on the wall and then decides to make the report of the house accordingly.
● Mold inspection
Many times you may get surprised to see the mold on the ceilings, floors, and walls of your home. Mold attacks very slowly on your home. They generally attack the places or areas in your home which you do not notice often.
You can’t control this problem at an extreme stage. But, you can control it in its early stages by just conducting a mold inspection in your house and the inspector will suggest measures to decrease the level of the molds in the house.
● Foundation inspection
The foundation inspection is the type of home inspection in which the home inspector generally focuses on the foundation of the house i.e. structure of the house, cracks in the house, drainage problems in the house, and the nearby tree roots near the house. This inspection is generally conducted by a person who is having knowledge of structural engineering. The aim of this inspection is to decide if the structure of the home is proper or not in order to further live in the house.
● Electrical inspection
In this type of home inspection, the home inspector generally focuses on whether the electrical appliances of the home are in a good condition or not. It is very important before a home, inspection to make the electrical appliances in good working condition because if the home inspector finds any faults in the electrical appliances then it is your duty to change or replace the appliances if you are a seller. If you are a seller and the expected working date of the electrical appliances are exceeded then you have to replace the electrical appliances.
● Soil stability
The home inspector will study the type of soil near your home in order to test the strength of the house. The soil inspection is also held in most of the houses to check the possibility of floods during heavy rainfall and rainy season. If the soil is not fertile then it does not soak the water and causes floods during the rainy seasons and heavy rainfall. It is very important to maintain the soil near your house. You can maintain the soil near your house by regularly adding fertilizers to it.
● Document inspection
In this inspection, the inspector will check the legal paper of the house which states that the house belongs to you. You only have the authority to sell the house if you have the papers of the house stating that this house belongs to you. The inspector will also check that the place where you constructed the house is yours or not by checking the government-sanctioned documents. Thus, it is very important to preserve the documents which are proof that the house belongs to you.
● Lead inspection
The home inspector will ensure that no lead-based paint is used in the house. In 1978 the use of lead-based paint was prohibited by the authorities. It was banned because it was harmful to the health of pregnant ladies and their unborn child. Lead paint is even harmful to humans; it can damage the brain and kidneys. Although it was banned in 1978 most of the houses constructed before it still has lead paint in them. In this inspection, the home inspector collects the sample of the paint by the special cloth and later sends the sample of the paint to the laboratories testing the lead content in it.
● Asbestos inspection
Many of the building materials like paint, roofing materials, and tiles were made with asbestos before 1980. But when the researchers discovered that the use of asbestos in housing materials can cause serious health issues like breathing problems, abdominal problems, chest pain, and lots of other health-related issues. The use was prohibited by the government. Most of the houses constructed before 1980 have asbestos materials in them. As a result, it is very important for the home inspector to check the following material for the safety of the people willing to live in the house.
Different types of home, inspections are done in different types of houses. Depending upon the type of house you are willing to sell or buy the home inspector will conduct a home inspection and make the report.
- Siya Samar