What Home Inspections Don’t Include: Hazards, Pools, More

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basic areas that typically are not covered by home inspectors. While home inspectors cover wide-ranging areas with their inspections, some areas will not be looked at for particular reasons – and understanding this ahead of time is important for clients.

At Aerolite Consulting, we happily provide the top home inspection services in Salt Lake City, Provo, Orem, St. George and other parts of Utah. Let’s look at some of the other areas that home inspectors typically don’t cover, plus some here a little bit of nuance is required and where clients can still get their needs met with the right approach.

Hazardous Substances or Materials

During standard home inspections where only a visual inspection is performed, it is highly unlikely that any hazardous substances or materials will be found. While a home inspector may note the presence of any potential hazards in areas such as the attic or basement, they are not certified to handle testing for these kinds of items.

However, this is one area where companies like Aerolite Consulting help bridge the gap for clients. While not technically part of our basic home inspection services, we offer additional solutions like mold testing, asbestos testing and more that can provide peace of mind when it comes to potential hazardous materials. Simply ask one of our professionals about these tests and which might be ideal for your needs.

Swimming Pools or Spas

This is another area where a bit of nuance is required. In many cases, especially if the pool or spa is indoors, home inspectors will at least verify that it’s working and is not directly unsafe to the naked eye.

However, when it comes to more detailed inspection like a check for leaks, it is generally not included in a standard home inspection as this requires specialized tools and/or knowledge that most home inspectors do not possess.

Geological Concerns

When it comes to issues like sloping, flooding or potentially hazardous sinkholes, a home inspector will not normally be able to provide any level of detailed analysis. These problems are often very complex in nature and require professionals with more specialized knowledge in order to properly assess the situation accurately. As such, it is important to work with a qualified expert who can evaluate these issues more effectively.

While home inspectors do cover a huge range of elements during an inspection, there are also a handful of things that they do not typically inspect. Knowing these items ahead of time can give you a better idea of what to expect from your report, and help you make informed decisions about the condition of your prospective home.

For further questions related to any of these issues or our home inspection services around SLC, Provo, Orem, St. George and other parts of Utah, speak to our team at Aerolite Consulting today.