There is a lot that goes into buying a house. There is the financial institution to deal with, then the real estate agents to explain what you prefer in your dream home, and other considerations. There is every chance it will take you at least six months to have everything lined up as you wish. You then need to plan for an agreement to be drafted, and make sure there is enough time left in the agreement for you to get a proper inspection of the prospective house done. There are every reason for this to be done right. This inspection could end up saving you from a huge loss, in case there are irreparable issues with the house. You need to be careful enough to get an independent home inspector on site.
Through home inspections, you will know which areas of the house have serious problems. They can be general inspection, but there are also instances when something specific is identified, but cannot be understood. You need a more specialized inspector in such a case. There are areas that must be looked into on these inspections.
Pest inspection is necessary, to tell whether there is damage from the action of pests, or their presence. Wood destroying insects are the primary suspects here.
You also need to have the chimney inspected, if the house you wish to buy has those.
There also has to be an inspection of heating and air conditioning systems. In case they are not functioning properly, a professional in the company shall take it apart and find out what the issue is.
There should also be a detection exercise for the presence of lead-based paint. Older houses constructed before the ban of this type of paint may have cert in surfaces still covered with lead-based paint. A contractor will have to be called not remove it.
There is also a great need to have the roof inspected, as this will tell you a lot about its ability to serve its purpose for the foreseeable future. The inspector will tell you of the cost of repair or replacement, if one is needed.
Well and septic systems shall also be inspected, if they are present. These systems are a part of house in certain areas of the country.
Mold inspection cannot be left behind, since their presence are a significant health hazard.
You need these areas looked into if you wish to save both your health and that of your loved ones, as well as your finances. In case you had already noticed certain things out of place, it is important to point them out to the inspectors when they arrive on site. You should also be present when such work is going on. If you do not like the report, you have the right to move on.