5 Special Home Inspections You Might Need Before You Buy a Home

You’ve got your down payment saved up, you’ve found the perfect property, and you’ve been approved for your mortgage loan. All that’s left is to head to the closing table and get started decorating — right? Not so fast. Depending on the condition and age of your home, you might need a few specialized inspections. These inspections aren’t covered by general home inspections — and can leave you with an expensive repair if you skip them.

Here are a few specialized inspections and tests you might need before you buy a home:

  • Well and septic inspection. If your home has well water, you might want to get a well and septic inspection. This inspection ensures that your water is clean and safe to drink. 
  • Lead paint inspection. If your home was built before 1979, it might have lead paint. Lead paint is a major home health hazard and has been linked to neurological disorders and developmental delays in children. If your home was constructed before January 1, 1979, and has never had a lead paint inspection, you’re required to get one before you close.
  • Asbestos test. Asbestos is a toxic construction material that used to be used in home construction. If your new home has never had an asbestos test, make sure to get one — especially if your home is older.
  • Mold inspection. Mold is a type of fungus that can cause everything from health issues to structural damage if left untreated. If the home you’re buying hasn’t had a recent mold inspection, schedule one from a company that provides basement inspections in Philadelphia.
  • Radon test. Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that has been linked to cancer. Some homes were unknowingly built on radon deposits. If your home hasn’t had a recent radon inspection, order one before you close.

A basement inspection from Rightway Waterproofing can help you close on your new home with confidence! To learn more about our inspection and waterproofing contractors in Chester County, give us a call today!

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