I was at a home inspection today in North Chesterfield. ¬†It made me think that a great topic for today’s Ask Meredith Mondays would be about what home inspections will you need when it’s your turn to buy a new home? ¬† Not everyone is familiar with the purchase process, and one of the many steps in the buying process is putting a home through its paces with a thorough inspection. ¬† A qualified home inspector, like the one we hired today from Home Pro Inspections, does a great job at peeling back the layers of the home, yet this one inspection is not the end all be all and he’s not the expert at all of the systems in the home. ¬† Some things to consider in a home that would need inspections separate from the home inspector’s scope at the buyer’s expense are:
Radon gas testing – an odorless gas that has been known to cause lung cancer. ¬†Radon EPA Link
Chimney inspections – brick flues are used in natural gas and oil heating systems so it’s not just a fireplace you should consider.
Structural inspections – sometimes the home inspector recommends calling a qualified engineer and that comes with additional costs out of pocket for the buyer.
Roof and crawlspace inspections – many of these trades will come at low or no cost to evaluate these important areas of the home.
Whole House Generators – these self test monthly (or are supposed to) however they’re also a specialty item in certain areas of the USA and pretty common in the Richmond, Va. area because of our ice storms and hurricanes that blow through every few years or so. ¬† Getting these inspected takes a qualified installer.
When you’re purchasing and budgeting for your cash outlay over the whole process, it’s best to budget approximately $500.00 or so in the Central Virginia area for a minimum of a home inspection and one other specialty inspection. ¬† This is money well spent to give you a window into the home, before you buy so you know what to expect over the lifetime of ownership at this new address.