It is your right as a buyer to conduct any environmental, mechanical, or structural inspections that you deem important. Listed are typical inspections for the area however, there are many other professionals you could call in to inspect any other aspect of concern such as air quality or hillside stability.
Typical inspections include:
- Termite & Wood Destroying Insects (very common)*
- Radon Gas Testing (common)*
- Structural – for foundation & water penetration (common in older homes)
- Synthetic Stucco (EIFS – common for relocation)
- Chimney ( common for older homes)
- Septic Systems (common in rural areas and older parts of Johnson and Platte counties)
- Sewer Lines & Drains (very common in heavily treed older neighborhoods)
- Roof (very common with wood shake roofs or anything 15+ years)
- Polybutylene Pipes (common in homes 10-15 years)
- Mold & Microbials (not very common)
- Lead-Based Paint (homes built before 1978 may contain lead based paint although we’ve never experienced anyone having reports or knowledge)
*Note: The mitigation of Radon and Termites are common outcomes of the inspection process.
Typical Construction & Finishes:
- Board & batten exterior construction. Brick is generally only used as trim.
- 2 story homes or main level master bedrooms (1.5 story) are more common than Ranch homes.
- Homes newer than 50 years typically have concrete poured basements. Badly maintained gutters, landscape, hardscapes, or extreme dry to wet weather can cause leaky basements. A wet basement can be a one-time occurrence.
- Sump pumps are typically found in finished basements.
- Stoves, built-in microwaves, an dishwashers are typically the only appliances that stay with a property.