Home Inspectors

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Home Inspectors and Your Money

No matter where you live, it's a good idea to obtain the services of a professional home inspector before you purchase a home, whether brand new or older. Qualified and certified home inspectors know and understand the pitfalls that can face home buyers. A house may look great because many sellers spruce up their homes before putting them on the market. The problem is that some of the sprucing can hide defects or issues that can cost a home buyer a lot of money after the sale.

I know of one instance of relating to a Florida home that had weathered a hurricane apparently without damage. When a home inspector came in a few months later, he discovered that much of the roof had been lifted by winds and that water had destroyed large sections of the roof. Imagine buying a home and then finding out that you had to put up another ten thousand dollars or more to replace a roof! In this case, the seller was not aware of the problem, and the cost of repairs was deducted sale price.

Home Inspectors and Mold

There are many other problems that a good home inspector can find for you before they cost you big bucks. One of these is the presence of any damaging organisms such as termites or mold. In the case of the home above, mold was not yet a problem, but, if the roof damage had not been discovered when it was, the buyers would have faced both roof repairs and a possible mold infestation. In case you didn't know it, mold spores like to eat organic material, and wood is organic.

Another reason for using a home inspector to check for mold is that some people are allergic to mold and can experience severe allergy symptoms for months or years at a time in the presence of an infestation. Mold infestations often occur in places that cannot be seen without a comprehensive and scientific investigation. While you can buy a mold inspection kit online, if you are purchasing a home, you will be far more confident in the results of a professional inspection, especially if the results are guaranteed. The good news is that you can find a professional, certified home inspector in your area by going online today.

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