Types of Home Inspections Buyers Should Know

A home inspection includes information on nearly every part of a property, but in some cases you may want separate inspections covering radon, pests, mold and foundation issues.
Kate Wood
By Kate Wood 
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Edited by Beth Buczynski

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A standard home inspection provides you with a detailed report on the home you're hoping to buy, but it doesn't tell you everything.

Depending on the age, location and condition of the home you're considering, you may need additional inspections. Radon testing, termite inspection, mold inspection and foundation inspection are among the most common of these specialized types of home inspections.

Here's what a home inspection includes, and why your inspector might recommend — or you might want — one of these different inspections.

What is included in a home inspection?

Home inspectors typically conduct a visual inspection of all parts of the property that are readily accessible. That leaves out anything that's not easily viewed (or even visible), like some types of pest infestation, as well as any areas that are hard to safely reach (think wells and chimney interiors).

Parts of the home that are commonly included in a home inspection:

  • Structural components (floors, walls, ceilings, stairs).

  • Exterior components (siding, attached decks, porches).

  • Roof.

  • Plumbing.

  • Heating and air conditioning.

  • Major appliances.

  • Ventilation.

  • Insulation.

  • Fireplaces and wood stoves.

  • Windows and doors.

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