The 3 Scariest Things Your Home Inspector Can Find

Are you thinking about getting a home inspection done on your current home before you sell or on a home that youre thinking about buying? Here are some of the top scariest things your home inspector can find that might make buying or selling your home a little tougher.


Rodents, both large and small can have devastating effects on the home. With so many places to hide, without proper inspection these animals can be easy to miss and left to destroy pieces of your home. Infestations of mice is the most common rodent problem homeowners face today, especially in colder weather where these nuisances look for warmth. Mice like to chew on anything they can sink their teeth into: Pipes, brickwork, wiring, timber, garbage, fabrics, insulation, to name a few. It’s no question that depending on the damage done, repairs can be extremely costly to the homeowner.

There are devices and traps available at many generic hardware stores to deal with rodent problems for cheap, but if in need of a professional for larger infestations, treatments can cost hundreds of dollars. Then of course the cost to repair any structural, furniture or electrical damage that these buggers caused in the first place. Most insurance policies do not cover damages caused by rodents, which is why it’s even more important to have a thorough check by a home inspection company as a preventative measure and save yourself the headache!

2) Mold

There are over 150 types of mold that can be found in the home. All of which can cause serious health issues for the residents inside. Mold can be found on walls, ceilings, furniture, in bathrooms, carpets, insulation and pretty near everywhere throughout the many nooks and crannies in the home. If not found or treated properly, the risk of spreading mold proves a direct threat to the condition of your home and specifically your respiratory system.

You may not even realize you have mold in your home as it can be hard to detect. Which is one more reason to have a thorough inspection of your home. Some mold types can be thread-like and white, while others can be clusters of black spots. If growing behind wallpaper that is vinyl, mold can even be pink orange or purple!

3) Sewage

Checking for air quality or other contaminants which may affect health should not exclude inspecting evidence of sewage or septic system backups into the basement or crawl space areas. Black and gray water can cause a wide range of fungal, viral and parasitic hazards to the home. An array of illnesses can be caused as a result of being exposed to sewage problems including bacterial infections, Hepatitis A and gastrointestinal diseases. If faced with a sewage leak, clog or worse, it is recommended to seek professional assistance to help solve the problem.

Homeowners with their ‘quick-fix, do-it-yourself’ mentalities can unfortunately make the problem worse, or cause a reoccurrence of the issue. Make sure you hire a professional to get your home inspection done properly!


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