RESIDENTIAL HOME INSPECTIONS
Many people question the value of a home inspection. Buying a house in Vermont can be a lengthy, costly, and sometimes competitive process. A home inspection sometimes feels like just an extra step. Is it really worth it? Goodkind Property Services wants to give you four reasons why you need a residential inspection when buying your Vermont home.
1. Arm yourself with more knowledge.
When you’re buying a house, you want to ask questions—a lot of them. However, you can only ask the realtor or seller so much. If the seller didn’t get a pre-listing inspection, they may not even know the full condition of the property. A home inspection performed by Goodkind Property Inspections gives you more info about a potential property than a walk-through alone.
2. Protect yourself against poor real-estate decisions.
If Goodkind Property Inspections finds an issue with your potential home, you want to know about it and be able to proceed with caution. You may decide it’s a big enough issue that you want to back out of the deal and keep looking. Or, you may feel that the home is worth the repairs and decide to move forward. Either way, you want to protect your real estate investment and proceed wisely.
3. Use the home inspection for negotiations.
You may be able to use needed home repairs as a tool for further negotiations with the seller. The seller may be willing to pay for the repair or drop the purchase price in order to compensate for repairs you will have to make to the home. But, you first need Goodkind Property Inspections to let you know whether repairs are necessary. Only then can you and your realtor decide whether it’s worth going back to the negotiation table.
4. Anticipate future repairs.
The property may not have any immediate repairs that need to be done. However, Goodkind Property Inspections can often estimate how much life is left in the home’s major systems, such as the HVAC, roof, water heater, and so on. This information is helpful so these future repairs don’t catch you off guard.
RADON IN YOUR HOME
One in eight Vermont homes has unsafe levels of radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that has no color, smell or taste. Radon comes from the decay of uranium, which is a radioactive element found naturally in the earth’s crust. Over billions of years, uranium decays into radium, and eventually, radon.
Unless you test for it, there is no way of knowing if radon is present in your home.
WATER IN YOUR HOME
We depend on clean drinking water to keep us healthy. About 40% of Vermonters have private wells for drinking water. In Vermont, there are naturally occurring elements—including radioactive elements—human-made contaminants, and other substances added to drinking water to serve a purpose.
These contaminants have different characteristics, which means their relationship to human health differs. For example, fluoride, manganese and sodium benefit health if the amount ingested is not too high. Copper is needed to make the body’s red blood cells, but too much can cause stomachaches, vomiting, or diarrhea. And lead has no use in the human body.
MOLD IN YOUR HOME
Mold and mildew are general terms used to describe kinds of fungus. Mold needs moisture to grow. Due to Vermont’s humid climate, mold is commonly found in homes.
Mold can grow in your home on foods, damp surfaces, cloth, and other porous materials. The best way to identify where mold may be is to find areas with water or moisture intrusion—such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Other clues to mold growth are “musty” or “moldy” smells. The key to controlling mold is to fix the water or moisture problem.
Home Inspection (price subject to change based on sqft and age of home). Please fill out home information on website for exact pricing.
Inspection Without Report (this is recommended for pre-listings or post purchase)
Water Test - Potability
Water Test - Inorganic Chemicals
Water Test - FHA / VA
Mold samples (Bio-Tape)
Please call (802-662-2236) with any questions