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It doesn't matter whether you are buying a newer house or an older unit, it's important to hire a home inspector to make sure that you won't be purchasing a lemon. An inspector, for instance, will know if the homes in your area were built with defective materials, such as Chinese drywall. And a good inspector will also test for radon.
You can never assume that just because a house looks great from the outside that it isn't filled with dangerous defects that you won't be able to detect. Here is some information about some of the dangers that a home inspector can detect.
Between 2001 and 2008, contractors began using defective drywall manufactured in China that has now been linked to health problems, including headaches and respiratory issues. Tests have shown that the defective Chinese drywall emits sulfurous gases, including carbon sulfide and hydrogen sulfide, which are so strong that they can actually damage electronics and appliances.
If your home inspector suspects that the house you're interested in has Chinese drywall, they will look for copper electrical wiring and copper coils on air conditioning evaporator that has turned black. They will also check for a sulfurous odor like rotting eggs.
While this is a serious problem, a contractor experienced in Chinese drywall remediation such as Mustang Builders Inc can remove the problem drywall and replace it with new plasterboard and also make other necessary repairs. So if you really love the home, you should consider making an offer contingent on it undergoing drywall remediation at the cost of the current homeowner.
Plaster ceilings or pieces of them can suddenly fall, which can be very dangerous. Sometimes, homeowners report that the entire ceiling of a room will collapse to the ground. These homeowners might notice cracks and sagging before the catastrophe, but don't realize the extent of the danger they were living with. If the home you are considering purchasing has a plaster ceiling, your inspector should look for cracks, sagging, water damage, and major signs that the ceiling has been repaired before.
It is especially important to have your home inspected if it was built between the 1920s and the 1940s because during that period, only straight nails were used to apply the plaster.
Radon is an odorless, radioactive gas that occurs throughout the United States. It can enter a home through cracks in your foundation and has been linked to cancer. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in this country.
Because there is no way to determine whether a home could have a radon problem, it is important that you have your home tested for this gas. The test needs to be conducted on the lowest level living space in the home. If the home has an unfinished basement, you will want to test this level as there is always a possibility that you may want to finish it at a later point in time.
You should also test for radon over a period of time. For best results, a radon test should be conducted over a long period of time, but that's not usually possible when purchasing a home. At the very least, the home should be tested for two days.
If the tests reveal that the house has high levels of radon but you really want to purchase it, consider asking the homeowner to hire a qualified radar mitigation contractor to install radon reduction systems in the house.
While hiring a home inspector may seem like an unnecessary expense, an experienced one can make the difference between purchasing a problem home and one that you can enjoy for years to come.