What are Inspections?
Inspections are to search for latent defects. The inspection period is only a time for the buyer to uncover unseen issues, not to ask them to fix problems they are already aware of. According to Forbes, Buyers are encouraged to get an inspection to ask the seller to fix minor latent issues, or for bigger issues, withdrawal the offer.
Types of Inspections
General Home Inspections
An objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. On average, a single-family home inspection usually takes 2-4 hours to complete. After the inspection process, the inspector will send the client an inspection report (often within 24-48 hours) that covers their findings, complete with pictures, analysis and recommendations. This test costs roughly between $325 and $500 depending on the sq footage of the home, type of home and year built.
A comprehensive evaluation of all the components of a septic system. The inspector will locate and assess the septic tank, distribution box, and absorption area. This test is roughly $250 by itself or cheaper as a septic and well package.
A well inspection is conducted by a professional who tests the quality, flow rate, and quantity of your water. The well inspection will ensure the water is safe to use and won’t cause any health hazards. The inspection will also reveal if the well holds enough water to properly service your home. This test is roughly $250 by itself or cheaper as a septic and well package.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colorless and odorless. Radon is naturally in the atmosphere in trace amounts. Outdoors, radon disperses rapidly and, generally, is not a health issue. Most radon exposure occurs inside homes, schools and workplaces. Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. The inspector will set up a system that sits overnight to test for radon gas. This typically costs $200. You can also purchase a mail away at home test kit at a local hardware store for around $15.
The inspector will go over the house thoroughly, looking in places known to be prone to mold growth. This additional test cost depends on the type of testing you get done (Air, surface, etc.).
The inspector will look at the interior and exterior areas of your home, checking for visible signs of a termite infestation, which include: droppings, broken wings, mud tubes, and damaged wood. The inspector will check your baseboards, walls, windows, crawl spaces, door frames, insides of cabinets and closets. This test is typically $75 with a general home inspection. Pest inspections are required by VA Loans.
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