Specialized Inspections for Home Buyers


An important part of the home-buying process is the inspection. But a general home inspection only looks at certain aspects of a house, providing a overview of the building itself. There may be a need for additional, specialized inspections, depending on where and when the house was built.

HouseLogic.com has a great infographic highlighting 7 Types of Professionals you may need to call on to for additional assurances during the closing process. As a buyer, you have the right to know just what you are purchasing, this includes having specific inspections done if needed. Should you notice a possible issue, or if the General Inspector points something out, an specialized inspection could save you a lot of stress, time and money.

Should there be large trees growing close to the driveway or dwelling, roots and overreaching canopies could be damaging the foundation or roof. While trees are an incredible asset to have, they need to be properly cared for. An Arborist can tell you if there are any reasons for concern.

2 copyIf the property is near water, on a hillside, or has grounds sloping towards the house, be sure to inquire about flooding. A landscape expert can help determine if some design changes can be made to help avoid future flooding. If the land is in a flood zone, or at risk for other natural phenomena such as soil erosion, you may want to consider having a Geotechnical Inspection done to determine the risk and damage potential.

During the initial inspection, if evidence of softening wood or shavings are found, a pest inspection is highly recommended. Call in a structural engineer to examine any cracks in walls or ceilings, or if doors and windows don’t close properly, there could be a serious issue with the foundation.

3 copyDoes the house has a septic tanks system or heating oil tank in the yard? Having these inspected is a must, especially if ground over these is soft, or more wet compared to the rest of the property. Should the house be older, you may want to consider a toxic substance inspection. There may be greater awareness about the damages lead paint and asbestos insulation can cause, this doesn’t mean all homes are free of these substances.  

Specialized inspections can help provide peace of mind when it comes to buying a home. When you are ready to buy, or sell, you want to work with a Realtor® who cares, and is ready to put their expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams