According to Dean Graziosi, the primary purpose of a home inspection is to find things in the home
that may be dangerous or not working in the proper manner. What is not performed during a typical
home inspection is testing for environmental dangers, such as lead paint or radon. Inspectors also do
not look for signs of mold or vermin infestations. However,if they notice any signs of these conditions
and others that may be hazardous, they will typically include the information in their report. Home
inspectors are also not trained in child safety precautions or pool inspections which can leave some
issues in these areas unnoticed.
What this means for buyers is that they should have specifically trained inspectors go through
other areas of the home in search of hidden problems that may go unnoticed during a typical home
inspection. Buyers should also prepare financially for any expenses that may be required should the
additional inspection uncover any problems. Below are some ways in which you can limit any surprise
costs or eliminate them altogether.
• Choose An Experienced Inspector – Many home buyers will simply hire the inspector that is
recommended to them by their agent. Experts suggest that you interview your home inspector
prior to hiring them. You should ask how much experience they have, if they inspect the roof
of the home, do they have any knowledge on environmental concerns, and do they have any
special expertise in other areas. If the home you are purchasing includes any special features
such as a pool, you should find an inspector who has experience in that particular area.
• Common Hazards – Older homes often present buyers with different hazards than newer
homes. To ensure that your home is properly inspected, you should hire a home inspector who
has specific experience related to older homes. Inspectors who are familiar with older homes
and the dangers they may have know what to look for when it comes to environmental hazards,
such as lead paint, asbestos, and radon. If you inspector should uncover any of these issues, you
can ask the seller to pay for a portion or all of the costs associated with removal, containment,
• Safety Concerns – If you have any doubts about the safety of a particular area of the home you
are purchasing, you always have the option of bringing in safety experts. These experts can
range from chimney inspectors to child-safety experts. These experts will be able to notice
anything that may be hazardous or dangerous in the home. They can provide you with ideas
on how to solve the problem or may have other suggestions on how to handle a particular
problem. It may be worth the additional expense to ensure that the home you are buying is as
safe as possible for you and your family.