Everyone wants to get the most out of their money. It’s only human nature to want to get the biggest bang out of your buck with your hard-earned money. This is why we storm the Walmarts and Targets of the world on Black Friday just to get the best deal. Or why we make sure to talk to the manager whenever something is on clearance when as it was initially advertised. We use this principle in everything we purchase: groceries, toys, entertainment, etc. But the one thing we never think to analyze is our home inspection. Why? Because we’re too trustworthy!
While home inspectors are trained masters of their craft, they are also only human. They’re just like the rest of us. They make mistakes. They fall down. And, believe it or not, they sometimes miss a few essential details. Yes, even in their jobs. This is why it is absolutely crucial that you go through your home inspection thoroughly with your home inspector. It is the only way you will be able to make sure that everything is spotted and taken care of. Here are a few commonly missed items in home inspections.
Those Pesky Pests
Nobody likes to think of the creatures that live within their home. Well, unless they’re those precious fluffy pets of ours’. No, we’re talking about the critters that get in your walls and crawl spaces. The ones that make our skin crawl and quiver. Even as clean as we keep our house (or as we would hope to), these pests somehow get in no matter what we do. This is why we expect our home inspection to discover these pesky pests and advise us on how to get rid of them. But sometimes, like with most jobs, not everything goes according to plan. This misjudgment can happen due to an assortment of ways. Sometimes, particularly in the winter, there is no concrete evidence of pests even though they are still there. Other times you will get a home inspector that doesn’t specialize in pest control, so they have no way of knowing what to look for. No matter what the case may be, it’s essential to do your own research so you can keep an out for any evidence or showings of pests.
The Danger Of Lead Paint
Sometimes deemed as the “silent killer,” lead paint can lead to severe and sometimes lethal side effects such as lead poisoning, anemia, and even learning disabilities within younger children. While infants and children are at the highest risk, lead paint can also lead to serious side effects in adults as well. This is why it’s so important to have the painted walls of your home checked for lead. Sometimes this crucial check-off can be missed entirely within a home inspection due to the fact that most home inspectors do not take lead samples from the walls in the home. If you have a serious concern about lead paint within your home, it is imperative that you go out and buy a kit to test the paint. It’s essential to keep in mind that if there are several layers of paint, you MUST test each layer to get an honest reading of your house’s lead.