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Top 10 Things You Need Included In A Home Inspection

Most potential home buyers overlook these ten things when it comes to purchasing a resale home. If you have questions contact Timothy Evans at Traverse City Home Inspections.
1
Radon Gas Tests:
Radon gas is a naturally occurring gas that comes from bedrock below the house. In some areas it can be real problem and a serious health hazard if radon levels are too high. Test kits are available through your home inspector that can be sent to a lab for analysis.
2
Water Quality:
Buildings on well water or with old water pipes should have the water tested for bacteria, E Coli and heavy metals. There are usually remedial solutions for these problems.
3
Fireplaces:
Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected by a certified professional. Chimney cleaning may be required. Chimney linings or stovepipe should be current certifiable with no breaches or seam leaks.
4
Asbestos:
Asbestos is a serious health hazard and older homes should be checked for asbestos commonly found in insulation like Vermiculite and on hot water pipes and boilers as a heat protective wrapping.
5
Perimeter Weeping Tile:
Big O plastic or older clay tiles can collapse around the footing of your building and cause water problems in the basement. A home inspector can look for evidence indicating this problem.
6
Roofing:
You home inspector should evaluate the useful life remaining of your roof material including roof decking ... and can looks for leaks from the attic side of the dwelling.
7
Critters:
Your inspector should be on the lookout for evidence of critters ... like bat, mice, rat or racoon scat/droppings etc. as all indicate that the building shell or foundation has a breach somewhere.
8
Insects:
Carpenter ants, termites, wasps and bees nesting in a home can cause serious damage and require an exterminator. Home inspectors can usually identify any problems.
9
Insulation:
A direct factor on energy consumption and not an easy fix if the walls or a non attic vaulted celling is not well insulated.
10
Caulking:
All buildings require new caulking at some point. It can be a big job to dig out or strip off the caulking and replace it on an entire home. Most caulking will realistically last about 10 years. Your home inspector can identify the condition of the buildings caulking and the approximate replacement timeline.


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