Home Inspections - and areas that may require additional inspections
Most home inspectors inspect a house from top to bottom for the future homeowner, however, sometimes, a lender or some areas of the home may require a specialist for a more thorough evaluation.
The fireplace and chimney
Inspectors often open and shut dampers to make sure they’re working properly. They may shine a flashlight up the chimney to look for any obstructions. But for anything further, buyers likely will need to hire a fireplace inspector to look for things like soot and creosote buildup, which can be possible fire-starters. Chimney inspections in NEFL average anywhere from $75 to $200. However, when looking for a chimney inspector, make sure they are a certified chimney inspector.
Well and septic systems
Buyers can perform the well water test by contacting a lab in the area that test for containments and most home inspectors will take the samples to a lab in conjunction with the inspection, however, there is usually an additional cost for the well water report. Buyers can hire a well inspector. as well to perform this test. These professionals will collect water samples to test in a lab for coliform, arsenic, and other harmful bacteria and chemicals. They’ll also make sure that seals, vents, and screens have been properly maintained and that the well and pump are producing enough water. That typically will cost about $250 for an inspection. Septic tank inspections are best performed by septic tank companies, they will be able to inspect the tank and the drain field and evaluate the performance of the drain field and verify if the two components are working as intended or failing. The cost average is $250-350 for the septic tank inspection.
A specialized roof inspection, which costs about $75to $150 in our area offers a closer look. Some roof inspectors will do an initial consultation for free.
Most of our home inspectors in the NEFL area will check the roof or use a drone and/or can sometimes conduct an infrared inspection to look for any temperature differences along the roof to see where heat or air conditioning might be escaping.
A geotechnical or structural engineer may need to be brought in if there are concerns about the foundation or the ground the home is built on. Professionals will test the soil for several potential problems. Basic testing likely will cost between $300 and $1,000. Most Home Inspectors in our area will typically point out cracks in ceilings and walls, and hard surface floors that are tiled or concrete, that may suggest additional inspections will be needed by a structural engineer.
The bottom line- additional inspections offers additional assurance for one of the largest purchase we make in our lifetime.