Upon acceptance of an offer it is common to have an inspection period. This is the time a third party, hired by the purchas
er will perform any range of inspections beginning with a general home inspection. Other types of inspections are pest/wood destroying insect, radon and mold.
Hiring a home inspector today is too easy. To be a home inspector in Ohio, you don't need to even be licensed. For that reason, hiring the right home inspector is imperative. All professional recommendations should be listed on ASHI® as a certified inspector and provide a comprehensive written inspection report detailing serviceable, marginal or failing components in a home. There typically is no such thing as a passing and failing inspection, as homes are priced in relation to condition and not all sellers are great homeowners and not all buyers are great repairmen.
The purpose of the home inspection is to give you knowledge about the home that you are buying so that while you're still thinking about replacing that hideous bathroom tile, foil wallpaper and shell sink, the furnace really needs to be cleaned and serviced before winter to keep it in (and your check book) in good health!
EPA information on Radon
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. You can't see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. Radon can have a big impact on indoor air quality. Testing averages $150 on top of a general home inspection. If the radon is 4.0 pci/l it should be mitigated. This is a relatively inexpensive process involving a radon company installing a system to mitigate and monitor the gas.
EPA information on Mold
Molds are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem, unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. This website provides guidance about mold and moisture for homes, schools, multifamily and commercial buildings. Molds can have a big impact on indoor air quality.
Information pamphlet - Lead in your Home
Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water, and even inside our homes. Much of our exposure comes from human activities including the use of fossil fuels including past use of leaded gasoline, some types of industrial facilities, and past use of lead-based paint in homes. Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics. Checklist for Parents