An inspection is an inspection is an inspection.

Not true. Many inspectors are branching out into inspections that were not readily available just a few years ago. But as the market changed and the demand for more information was recognized inspectors everywhere began going back to school. Due to the high cost of education many in the business are partnering with others to be able to offer a full range of the most critical inspections. The following is a list of some of the services that inspectors are offering to cover the ever-changing public demand:

. This is a test for Radon gas that usually takes 48 hours to complete, depending on the type of equipment used. Quoted from the EPA web site: “Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually.” See for a Citizens guide to Radon.
Mold. Mold is in virtually every home in the world where moisture can be found. Testing for mold is done by sampling areas that are more likely to have growth. The samples are then sent to a lab to determine the actual presence of spores. According the EPA: “Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.  When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.” For more info see

Tech or Technical. There are many tech inspections that are performed by either qualified home inspectors or qualified technicians. In some states these inspectors or technicians must be licensed and or certified to do the specific inspection. To name a few: Plumbing, HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning), Electrical, Roof, Insect, Insulation, and Structural (sometimes requiring an engineer). The qualifications required are dependent on the State or even Municipality where the inspection is to be performed. 

This is just a few of the different types of inspections. It is essential to determine what is needed for your home. A basic home inspection can help with this. Your inspectors report should specify any necessary further inspections. Ask your home inspector if you have any questions.   In future blogs I will to list more inspections that inspectors are now offering.

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