When it comes to buying a home, everyone knows a home inspection is a must have. However, many checklist for home inspectors contain more than 1,600 features to asses, and some items require a specialist for a more thorough evaluation.
- The Fireplace and Chimney – Hire an inspector to look for things like soot and creosote buildup, which are possible fire-starters
- Foundation Issues – If you have concerns about the ground underneath the home, you may want to bring in a geotechnical or structural engineer to check out whether any shifting, tilting, or sinkholes have caused damage
- Well and Septic Systems – A well inspector 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
- Roof – Some home inspectors may be willing to go up on the roof, but in some cases a specialized roof inspection may be necessary. This typically run about $500-$750 and offers a closer look at the conditions of the roof