How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost?

The cost of a home inspection should not be your primary concern.  It should be how good a job will the inspector do and what is included in the inspection.  Many times during a real estate transaction, one of the biggest things on our mind is MONEY. But rightfully so. When you are buying a home you are searching for mortgage rates, looking at contractor fees, pricing out new counter tops, and just anything else that has dollar signs.

That is why often times the first thing a potential client asks us is how much we charge for a home inspection. When it comes down to it though, it is not a straight forward question to answer.

There are a lot of factors that go into pricing a home inspection. Size, age, and location of the home to just name a few. It can be related to asking someone how much a vehicle costs. Well, is it a used car? What kind of condition is it in? Is it a tractor-trailer or a a two door sedan? Remember, not all home inspections are the same. A cheap home inspection could end up costing you many times more if major problems are missed.  To see what we include with a home inspection go to our home page.

So that may still leave you with the same question. To help you understand how much a home inspection costs, watch the brief video below:

 

Lead in The Home – Keep Yourself Safe

What can you do if you find lead in your home? Here in this part of Florida, we don’t always think about this issue. But if your home was built before 1978, then you could have an issue. Millions of homes have lead based paint, and the older the home the more likely it is to have it.  If the paint is in good condition,  lead paint is usually not a problem.

There are different steps that can be taken in order to lower the effects of lead, ranging from something easy that everyone can do, to more major steps, that might require a professional.

What are some of the things we can all do?

It will seem obvious but cleaning regularly will help to reduce a child’s exposure to lead. If you see paint chips, get rid of them immediately. Wipe down all surfaces like window frames and sills, and clean floors with warm water, all purpose cleaner or even a cleaner that is meant for lead paint.

Whatever items you use for cleaning, such as mops and sponges, take care to clean them thoroughly after use.

Never wear your shoes in the house, you can prevent a lot of issues by doing this simple task.

A healthy diet rich in calcium and iron is good for helping your child to absorb less lead. Also, a very important step is to make sure your child has washed their hands before eating and especially before bed time.

Interim steps can also be taken to help reduce exposure to lead. For example, if you have found lead in the soil, plant some grass to cover it over. You could also do some repairs to any damaged, painted surfaces. Steps like these are not a permanent solution though, you will eventually need to do something about it.

When you should get a professional:

The time may come to permanently remove the lead problem, and its best to consult a professional lead removal specialist. Check first though to make sure they are a certified lead abatement specialist. They have special training in safe lead removal and clean up. If you try to do it yourself, you may encounter more problems and hazards than you bargained for. Its always good to know that there are things that can be done about lead in a home, but always put safety first.

Is Lead In Your Home A Concern?

We all know that a well known health risk in the home could be the presence of lead or lead based materials. Sadly family-2057307__340those most at risk category of being affected by it are babies and small children. There is even a risk to unborn babies. How concerned should you be about the possibility of lead presenting a danger in your home? How much of an issue could it cause?

A home built around 40 yrs ago or more, has a great chance of being painted with lead paint. It can be found both in the exterior as well as the interior of the house.

One of the greatest issues you could encounter is lead paint chips or paint dust. This can even be found in the soil around the home.

Lead piping was also something used in plumbing systems. This could have an effect your drinking water.

What about old furniture or antiques? There is a good possibility that may also contain lead paint.

Should I always be concerned about lead in the home?

It depends what kind of condition the paint is in, if it is in very good condition, then it won’t present so much of an problem. The bigger concerns come when this paint begins to get damaged and chip or peel, this is when you should do something about it.

When paint is knocked, dented or scratched, which anyone with children knows is an everyday occurrence, this causes dust. When the paint was lead paint, then there is a problem, as dust will settle just about anywhere it can. As the household touches these dusty areas then they will get lead paint dust on themselves. This is especially problematic for children who inevitably touch it and breathe it in.

As we’ve mentioned, lead can also be found in soil. Treading in this soil can easily happen as it is transported on shoes and boots.

If you feel concerned about lead in your home, our next article will discuss what can be done about it.

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