Avoid Home Flaws Being Uncovered Too Late

Home inspections don’t always turn up everything
wrong with a home, but unknowing buyers can quickly turn unsatisfied when they
move into their new home if they find a bunch of problems.

“The purpose of a home inspection is to look for material
defects of a property: things that are unsafe, not working, or that create a
hazard,” Kurt Salomon, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors,
told the Chicago Tribune. However, most buyers “think we can see through walls
and predict the future.”

Home inspections,
for example, don’t specifically test for environmental safety hazards like lead,
asbestos, or radon–which can be costly to remove. Inspectors also may overlook
mold or vermin when its hidden behind floorboards.

As such, buyers also should be on the lookout for common hazards
because pinpointing these before closing at least allows them the opportunity to
ask sellers to help pay for removal costs.

Experts warn that buyers should take note of homes built prior to
1978, which usually contain lead and possibly asbestos in 9-by-9 floor tiles in

To help avoid post-move-in
surprises, buyers also might consider bringing in additional safety inspectors
to evaluate the home, such as chimney inspectors, electricians, or experts for
leading or radon testing.

“Above and Beyond the Home Inspection:
Buyers Face Big Expenses When They Don’t Discover These Common
The Chicago Tribune (May 6,