In parts one and two of this multi-part blog series, we went over some of the most common home repair issues that are often identified by home inspectors. This is one of the valuable roles inspectors play, helping buyers become aware of any concerns that either they or the seller will need to take care of within a home they’re considering.
At Aerolite Consulting, we’re proud to offer a variety of home inspection and environmental contaminant testing services, including asbestos testing, mold testing and many others. During our standard inspections, what are a few of the other most common issues we often pick up on and allow buyers to remedy? Here’s a primer.
One of the grimier issues your inspector may identify is a need for septic tank repairs. If your inspector detects a strong sewage smell on the property, he or she may note that you’ll need to have your on-site sewage system looked at. This may entail pumping out the tank and either cleaning it out or having it replaced entirely.
In some cases, especially if water damage or related issues have gone untreated, mold may start to grow in the home. Mold is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly – it can cause respiratory problems and other health issues. If mold is identified during an inspection, it’s important to have it removed as soon as possible.
For minor mold growths, you might be able to perform removal on your own using bleach. However, for larger problems, it’s best to contact a professional mold removal expert to take care of your specific needs.
Your inspector will also move through your entire HVAC system, including your furnace and air conditioner, checking for any potential problems. If your inspector detects a need for HVAC repairs, it’s important to address these as soon as possible, as they can be costly to fix down the line.
These repairs may come in a variety of areas, from your actual furnace or AC unit to ducts, vents, and insulation. If the costs of these required repairs are significant, you may be able to take them back to the seller to have them resolved.
Another issue an inspector might pick up even if you missed it during your home tours: Evidence of termite damage. Termites are a common problem in many parts of the country, and they can cause serious damage to homes if left unchecked.
If termite damage is found, it’s important to have it treated as soon as possible. This may require the services of a professional pest control company, who will be able to assess the damage and recommend the proper solution.
For more on the repair needs home inspectors help identify when inspecting your home, or to learn about any of our inspections or environmental contaminants, speak to the pros at Aerolite Consulting today.