If you are buying a new home for your family or purchasing a property that will house tenants, you need a licensed home inspector with knowledge of physical defects. You will receive a computer-generated home inspection report describing potential problems. The report will include details about every part of the house, summaries, and pictures.
It is better to take the initiative and find problems before the closing. Waiting too long to find problems can lead to costly repairs down the road. When selecting an inspector, it is necessary that the inspector have excellent credentials and customer feedback.
Consider a termite inspection to test for the presence of wood-destroying insects. Your inspector will view the entire interior and exterior of the property, especially areas where wood contacts soil. You will receive a computer-generated termite inspection report describing his findings. The report will inform you if any damage is present or if there has been past termite treatment. It is recommended that a termite inspection be done once per year on any property to prevent weakening of the foundation.
Radon is a radiactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation.
High levels of radon gas have been linked to lung cancer and other forms of cancer. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it still may be a problem in your home. Your licensed inspector will leave a radon canister in the lowest livable area of the property. The canister will be exposed for a period of 2–4 days. Then, the canister will then be sent to a laboratory and analyzed.
Herman Andrade is a New Jersey licensed radon gas technician who works with RAdata, Inc., where the radon gas canister will be tested. You can contact RAdata at 1-800-447-2366. RAdata is located in Flanders, NJ.