It is a good idea to chat with a few potential inspectors before making an offer on a home regarding items such as:
- Availability / timeframe
- Familiarity with area and style of home
- Newer or older homes
Some of them may be willing to provide a sample report to you. Or you can take a look at this sample report.
When it comes down to the inspection timeframe, most are available to schedule an appointment within 2 or 3 days of the request. They usually will take between 2 and 3 hours or so. You don’t need to be there the whole time, and many will ask you to be there for the last hour or 1.5 hours.
*can schedule on short notice
Prairie Home Inspections
Rick Price or Bill Laughlin
Tim Igoe- Insight Home Inspections
Radon has recently become a well-known issue, and there is quite a push to have radon tests done. You can have a radon test done in the home as part of your inspection timeframe. The below inspectors can do a radon test with their inspection, but it takes a minimum of 48 hours for measurement. They usually leave a detector at the house and come back to pick it up in a couple of days. But keep in mind that this test must be completed within your inspection timeline. Usually, they will drop off the radon detector 2 days before your general inspection and the results will be ready at the general inspection.
It’s up to you if you want to do a radon inspection. If the house already has a radon system installed, it is likely that the levels already meet the EPA guidelines, but you can still have the test done to make sure the system is working properly if you wish.
Quality Radon Services
The Radon Guys
Leslie H. Mateffy III
More information on radon can be found at:
Radon mitigation costs can vary depending on the house. These costs usually vary between $500 to $2000.
Sewer Line Scope Inspection
You may want to consider a sewer scope inspection. This inspection is on the main sewer line using a video camera. They send a camera down the line to check for cracks or damage. The reason this inspection is important is that sewer lines are expensive to fix.
Ron The Sewer Rat
If you have a fireplace in your new home, it is also recommended to do a chimney inspection. Chimneys can have various issues from cracks in the liners to dangerous buildup or failing masonry. Rebuilding a chimney from the ground up can range around $25,000. But a typical fireplace chimney inspection should be between $200-300.
Copperfield Chimney Sweeps
Contact: Skelley, Victor
Nick’s Chimney Service
Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps
Swimming Pool/Hot Tub Inspection
If you happen to have purchase a home with a hot tub or a pool, you may want to consider an inspection of those systems as well.
Dolphin Pool, Ed