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Home Inspection Horror Stories: Lessons Learned and Tips to Avoid Pitfalls

It's no secret that home inspections are often the bane of a home-buyer's existence, with horror stories abound. Fortunately, there are ways to make the process not so nightmarish if you do your research beforehand and pay close attention to detail.

Kicking off the top of the horror list comes termites. Many home-buyers have horror stories about termite infestations that weren't revealed until after the home inspection. To avoid becoming part of this terrible statistic, make sure you have the home inspector check for signs of termites or have the inspector schedule a termite inspection with a reputable pest control company.

Mold is also a big concern during home inspections. In some cases, inspectors might miss spaces within the walls or ceiling where mold could be accumulating, leaving buyers in a vulnerable spot. The best way to reduce the risk of mold is to have a specialist inspect the house before the home inspection and, if possible, to have an air quality test done.

In addition, basements and foundations can be a major issue when it comes to home inspections. Poor foundations can cause structural issues such as buckling and cracking while basements often lead to water infiltration and drainage problems. Make sure that your home inspector inspects these areas thoroughly, especially the perimeter of the foundation, to ensure it is safe and secure.

When it comes to older homes, it is also important to look out for asbestos and lead paint. Unfortunately, these hazardous materials may not have been removed properly, which can lead to health risks. Make sure you have an asbestos assessment on the property and a test for lead paint in order to avoid potential pitfalls.

Finally, electrical systems, plumbing, and HVAC systems are always important items to inspect. Poorly installed wiring can be especially dangerous, and could lead to serious damage to the home and the property owners. This is why it is important to have a home inspector look for signs of faulty wiring, as well as check the condition of the plumbing and HVAC systems.

If you are in middle Tennessee and considering a home inspection, Hill's Top Home Inspections, LLC would love to be a part of your home buying or selling experience. Click the link below for a FREE, no obligation quote or visit our website at for more information and homeowner tips.

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