What Type of Inspection Should Be Conducted on the Property?

What Type of Inspection Should Be Conducted on the Property?

Expert Advice

Many different types of inspections can be conducted on a property. The most common type of inspection is a general home inspection which will look at the condition of the property in regards to its structure, safety, and habitability.

 

A more specific type of inspection is a termite inspection in which they would check for the existence and extent of termites or other wood-destroying insects. In order to obtain a complete understanding of the property, you may need to consult with a structural engineer who will perform a load-bearing evaluation.

 

General Home Inspection

 

The purpose of a general home inspection is to identify defects within seven categories: structure, mechanical systems, electrical systems, plumbing systems, building envelope (that's the actual walls that form your exterior and interior sides), foundation/slab on grade, cosmetic features. A general home inspection usually takes place within the first 30 days of purchase.

 

One of the most important factors to consider is health hazards. Especially when it comes to older properties that date back several decades, it's necessary to inspect for asbestos as it poses a health risk to the owner and the people living there.

 

Other major general hazards you should look out for are lead paint and radon gas. Most inspectors will not be able to discover every flaw that exists, especially if they are extremely minor or if it's a new type of system (i.e., you don't know how good your insulation is until winter).

 

 

Pest Inspection

 

A more specific type of inspection is a pest inspection. A pest inspection will look for the existence of termites or other wood-destroying insects. This type of inspection is more common when purchasing an older home that may need some serious renovation before you move in.

 

The benefit of hiring a pest inspector is that they can identify any potential problems instead of having to rely on your own experience and instincts. While they can't do anything about the problem, it's still good to know what you're dealing with. It's best to capture any infestations on video and some pest services will provide a certificate of treatment which is beneficial when selling the property.

 

Termite Inspection

 

When purchasing an older home that dates back several decades, it's necessary to inspect for termites or other wood-destroying insects. Since termites could pose a health risk to your family this type of inspection must be conducted before you complete the purchase of the property. When hiring a pest inspector make sure that they are highly experienced in identifying infestations within walls, floors, and heating ducts as the risk of infestation increases in older homes.

 

Plumbing and Mechanical Inspection

 

A plumbing inspection is recommended when purchasing a newer home since it's the most intricate and difficult system to repair. The inspector will look at various components such as sinks, toilets, showers or tubs, drain lines (toilet and sewer), water heater, and connections to the main sewer line outside. If an inspector finds any problems with these components they may recommend repairing them immediately to avoid further issues down the road.

 

A mechanical inspection is best conducted for a newer home that has complex systems such as water filtration or heating. Since older homes have more experience with wear and tear on their systems a mechanical inspection ensures that everything is working properly before you purchase the property so you don't get stuck with major expenses after the purchase is complete.

 

If you are purchasing a condominium it's important to hire an inspector before the final inspection. This is because condos have very specific requirements for plumbing and heating as well as other components such as appliances, balconies, windows, roofing, and siding.

 

 

Structural Engineer

 

To obtain a complete understanding of the property, you may need to consult with a structural engineer who will perform a load-bearing evaluation.

 

This would be beneficial if your home is very large or was built before the mid-1990s when there were various changes made in building code standards. The engineer will check for any potential problems within supported and unsupported walls and ceilings and look at how many live and dead loads (i.e. people or furniture) can affect the overall health of the structure. If they find any issues, then they will recommend repairs that should be completed before signing off on the purchase agreement.

 

Inspections upon purchase of property ensure that no major issues will arise during your tenure there. In some cases, if repairs aren't possible or don't make sense financially speaking, then you should consider moving on to a new property instead of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on fixing something that might not even be worth it. You should also hire a professional home inspector to take advantage of their experience and expertise which may help you avoid problems altogether!

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Note: All advice is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation or individual properties. Seek professional advice before making any decisions, particularly in relation to inspections, surveying or purchasing.