There’s no doubt that home inspections can offer valuable insights to homeowners, sellers, and buyers alike. There are a lot of things that are covered in a home inspection that can alert you to problems or potential issues with the property. That said, there are some things that aren’t covered by a home inspection that you should know about.
Mold is a very real concern, especially in parts of the home that are prone to damp conditions. Bathrooms, kitchens, and basements are often the most common culprits. Mold can especially cause problems for people with allergies and those with asthma. Unless it’s easy to see, however, it’s probably not going to be included on your home inspection report. That means that any mold that might be growing behind your walls will likely go undetected.
You won’t find new homes with lead paint, thanks to a government ban on consumer use of lead-based paint. If the home was built before that ban in 1978, however, there’s a pretty good chance that the paint is lead-based. The thing is, because lead paint isn’t necessarily something you can detect just by looking at it, your inspector probably isn’t going to be able to tell you if the paint is lead-based or not. In order to find out, you’ll need to test it with a lead paint test kit.
Radon is an odorless, colorless, naturally occurring gas that can be found in soil. In high enough concentrations, it can cause lung cancer, according to the EPA. While different areas have differing concentration levels of radon, virtually everywhere has at least a moderate level of risk. Detecting radon requires special testing, however. Because it isn’t something that tends to be readily apparent, it may not be included in a home inspection, or may be offered as a separate service.
While incredibly valuable in terms of the information they provide, home inspections don’t cover everything that could be a problem in a home. Things like mold, lead paint, and the presence of radon generally won’t be things your inspector is going to actively be looking for. In short, if it isn’t in plain view, it’s probably not covered by the home inspection and you’ll need to call a specialist instead.
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