The short answer to the question is yes, they do.  What they may need is all dependent on the client and the prospective home.  There are several additional tests or inspections that may be of value to the client or that may address an additional concern they have.  In this article, we will highlight the common add on inspections that may be important to your client.

  1. Radon-  Radon testing is recommended in all residential homes.  We know that parts of Maryland and Virginia are considered elevated areas for radon, and even if your client isn’t all that concerned about it, remind them that someone may test for it when they are ready to sell in the future.  In fact, they may be asked to have a mitigation system installed. Weather Basements, crawlspaces, slab foundations, doesn’t matter. I have tested radon in all types and commonly find elevated levels in each one. What if the home has a radon mitigation system already installed?  Great question. If the system has been installed within the past 2 years and the seller can provide a satisfactory follow up test result, there is probably no reason to test. However, if the system is older, the EPA recommends follow up testing every two years to ensure the system is still operating as intended.
  2. Termite or Wood Destroying Insect inspections-  These two are one and the same, and commonly referred to as a termite inspection.  These inspections are performed by state licensed inspectors who are trained to look for signs of activity or damage from several wood destroying insects.  In simple terms, bugs that can eat your house causing costly damage. These inspections are relatively cheap considering what they can save you and I highly recommend it.
  3. Mold-  Aaaaahhhh!!!!  I just said that four letter word.  When is mold testing appropriate or needed?  This truly depends on the client. Mold can be a health concern, especially to certain people with compromised or weakened immune systems.  I often perform testing for clients who simply want to rule it out and make sure it’s not a problem in the home. In other cases, clients opt to have mold testing done when the inspector has found visible evidence of mold or an underlying moisture issue.  Mold and moisture issues can cause damage that is generally expensive to clean up and repair.

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