Home Inspections That Could Save Money

10/17/2017

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Buying a new home usually comes with some degree of complication. All too often, people invest so much of their time, effort, and money in a home, only to find huge structural issues after the purchase. In order to cut down on any surprises that may befall you after moving day, here are some main inspections that could wind up saving you money down the road:

  • Plumbing: A home inspector will be able to look for leaks and perform tests to ensure that the water is running smoothly,  but they won’t be able to look inside the drain pipes to see if any problems reside there. Because of this, you may want to highly consider hiring a plumbing expert who will be able to use camera technology to look in your sewer lines for any issues. Cracked drain lines can cost upward of thousands of dollars, and that’s not an expense you want to be stuck with.

  • Asbestos: Most commonly found in popcorn ceilings, pipe insulation, or exterior siding, asbestos is a fibrous material that’s naturally occurring in some homes. Asbestos was used in a lot of building materials throughout the 20th century but was later discovered to be harmful when ingested by humans. A local environmental testing agency should be the one to perform the test.

  • Lead-Based Paint: If your home or property was built/painted before 1978, you may want to have a test conducted for lead-based paint. Although lead-based paint was banned in the US in 1978, there are still some homes across the country that could carry it. You can call in a professional or just buy a lead-test kit from any home improvement store and test it yourself.

  • Pests: There are certain wood-eating bugs that have the potential to cause tens of thousands of dollars of structural damage to your home if not taken care of. Termites, flying beetles, and carpenter ants are just a few of the culprits. Hiring a professional pest inspector to look into this is probably a good idea.