Top Things Home Inspectors Might Not Check
Everyone knows that purchasing a home can be one of the most enjoyable and exciting times of your life, but before the keys to your new Daytona Beach area home or condo are in hand, there is a process that can include some hurdles and stress. Pre-approvals, showings, more showings, and negotiations lead you to a signed contract to purchase, but now it's time to take a closer look at that new dream home.
Home inspections are a vital part of the home buying process. It is always recommended to have a professional, licensed inspector perform a full review of your potential new property. Inspectors verify basic items like the age and condition of the roof, HVAC, water heater, appliances, and more. They also look at visible plumbing, electrical, and structural conditions inside and around the home's exterior.
These are just a few items on the inspector's 1,600+ item laundry list, but here are few things that your inspector may not take an extra close look at during the inspection:
The inspector isn't checking the roof?! Well, they are in most cases, but only if it's "safe." If the roof has visible signs of damage that could be dangerous, is slick from rain, or even if it is too steep or difficult to reach, the inspector may not be able to fully assess the condition or approximate age. A professional roofer is often brought in to inspect properties that have a questionable roof quality. Drones may also be used on roofs with more difficult access for inspections.
Fireplace & Chimney
I know it's Florida, but surprisingly there are many homes in our area with fireplaces. While most inspectors will shine a flashlight up the chimney, it is often best to hire a professional fireplace inspector to ensure the chimney is clear of soot and any other potential fire-starters.
Well & Septic System
Some traditional inspectors may be certified to inspect septic tanks for an additional cost but, in most cases, especially if the home has been vacant or rarely used for some time, a buyer will want to hire a well inspector to test the water for coliform, arsenic, and other harmful bacteria and chemicals. Additionally, the well inspector will ensure the well/pump produces enough water and that all seals and vents are properly maintained.
Some foundation issues may be evident to a traditional inspector by observing cracks in the concrete block along the exterior of a home, dips in interior flooring, or other cracks and lines along the home's ceilings. But how bad is the problem? If some of these issues are observed, it is often recommended to hire a structural engineering company. They will test soil samples and determine the best course of action for any potential settling, shifting, or sinkhole activity.
Home inspectors are trained to look for clues to potential problems and identify existing problem areas both inside and outside the home. But, as one Florida inspector noted, they are not microbiologists, and termites do not always leave visible signs of their presence. There are two types of termites in Florida, subterranean and dry wood, and together they cause more damage than fires, floods and hurricanes combined. It is always wise, although not always required, to insist upon a termite inspection by a qualified specialist when you make an offer to buy a home.
Home Inspections in Florida
There are many home inspection companies to choose from across the Daytona Beach & Port Orange area. While we never select the actual inspector for our customers, we can provide suggestions for inspectors in the area based on our many successful sales and customer feedback.
Please contact us or call Kevin Kling at (386) 527-8577 to discuss the buying or selling process and let us go to work for you to make your transaction as smooth as possible.