Part of the home buying process involves getting a home inspection. It allows you to have a professional take a look inside and outside the home to find potential problems. They'll be looking for shoddy construction and wear and tear, as well as issues with electrical work and plumbing that are difficult to diagnose on your own. That said, there are some aspects of a home that can be overlooked during the inspection. Don't forget about these 4 things when inspecting your potential new home.
The soil on a piece of property is often overlooked, but it should be a concern to you in both urban and rural settings. Lead can collect in the soil, and will potentially linger in it for years. In the city, it can accumulate from gasoline or lead paint that finds its way into the soil. If you are planning on using well water, know that the lead can eventually get into the ground water.
In addition, homes built on a hill should have the structure of the soil tested. It can help prevent a potential problem where a sinkhole could form.
Even if you have water from a municipal water source, it still needs to be inspected. You can have unforeseen issues with hard water, a high amount of mineral content, and even lead. While lead could be due to old plumbing that is leaching lead into the water as is travels through your home, it could also be from the municipal source, as seen in Flint, MI. Having the water tested by a local lab can give you the peace of mind that the water is safe for drinking.
Did you fall in love with a home because of the trees that line the property? You may want to have those trees tested for diseases. You do not want to be surprised to learn after you move in that a beautiful tree needs to be removed due to a disease like emerald ash borer. If the trees are a deal breaker for you, get them tested.
Mold is a health hazard that you should be concerned about, but not every home inspector tests for mold. Having the air quality of the home tested can help reveal hidden mold spores that are in the home due to dampness that you cannot see. It can help reveal foundation leaks that could be behind finished basement walls or in hard to reach places.
For more info on things that should be inspected prior to buying a home, ask your real estate agent.