man doing termite inspection webA crucial part of a house transaction is the inspection. There are a number of standard issues to review. Using a certified inspector will help ensure the property is cleared of any problems. Knowing that the home has been inspected and cleared of any of these issues will ensure a smooth sales transactions and give the homeowner peace of mind that their home is safe and protected.

The most common inspection issues:
Mold
In small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled. If you’re sensitive to mold and inhale a large number of spores, you could experience health problems.

Radon
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
The Lehigh Valley is part of the Reading Prong. Rocks of the Reading Prong are characterized by elevated concentrations of uranium, the decay of which produces gaseous radon, a potentially hazardous source of indoor contamination in structures constructed on the prong.

Termite
Termites are not dangerous to people as they are not venomous and they do not usually bite people. However, the cost of termite damage can be extensive and can require a lot of money on the part of the homeowner to repair.

Lead-based paint
Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood. Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death.

Well and Septic Systems
If the home is in the country it is important that the well and septic systems are inspected to prevent any health issues. Unhealthy wells or septic systems can lead to serious health problems so be sure that they are cleared of any potential hazards.

Although we list several here there can be more issues to inspect. To give you an idea of what an inspector looks for you can see a standard checklist here:
totalhomeinspection.com/totalhomeinspectionchecklist.pdf

This checklist should not be relied upon as a home inspection report, nor should it be considered a substitute for a home inspection. This list is representative, but NOT exhaustive.

Elissa Clausnitzer, SRS, CMRS is a licensed Realtor with Weichert Realtors with over 30 years of experience in real estate. Elissa specializes in helping boomers and seniors achieve their goals in their next step in life. Call her at
610-573-0386.

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