Other types of inspections to consider
When performing a home inspection, many times other ancillary inspections are often needed. Despite all the efforts of a home inspector or you, there are simply areas of the house or systems which require specialized equipment to inspect. Even though you perform a stellar visual inspection, it’s impossible to see within the sewer line without a camera. In all reality, this fact will never change.
Make sure you read the TDS…
As a home buyer, it’s essential that you understand that these ancillary inspections take place during your contingency period. Furthermore, it’s equally important that you also request a copy of the sellers transfer disclosure statement prior to your inspections. This TDS document will list any of the issues current or previous that the seller is aware of.
Get Ancillary inspections!
For the most part, it’s my position after performing thousands of home inspections, that these ancillary inspections be performed on EVERY HOUSE without exception. Why is this? Because I’ve seen where “assuming” all is okay, it is in fact not. For example, sewer lines often become damaged due to tree root systems. inasmuch as everyone assumes the sewer line might be okay on a 15 year old house. The reality is that 15 years is enough time for an aggressive tree root system to damage your pipe. Never trust your realtor on this. it’s not only their inspection at stake, it’s also not their money.