Should You Add On To A Standard Home Inspection?  

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During the home inspection process, several areas of the home are inspected. During a traditional home inspection, the inspector will review the exterior of the home, the interior of the home, and systems and appliances. The home inspector will compile a report with his findings for each area of the home. The residential home inspection includes an inspection of the roof, foundation, electrical panel, doors, walkways, porches, decks, attic, basement, crawl space, light fixtures, floors, walls, and much more! Keep in mind, that a residential home inspection doesn’t cover everything. There are some areas of the home that need a more thorough inspection. This is when it is best to add on to your inspection. Ellingwood Pro offers several different add-on services that are super beneficial to any homeowner.  


A radon inspection is an add-on service that is definitely worth it! The radon inspection is an additional charge on top of the standard home inspection. A radon inspection tests the home for possible radon gas. Radon is odorless and colorless so there is no way to know if a house has radon without the use of a continuous radon monitor to test if radon is present. If you are purchasing a home it is always a great idea to add on a radon inspection to give you peace of mind that you are not living in a home with a radioactive gas circulating through your air. 


Termite inspections are a great add on service! The termite inspection is also an add on service that Ellingwood Pro Home inspections offers. It is a great home inspection service that every home owner should have completed. Termites and wood destroying organisms can cause a lot of hidden damage to a home. This damage can destroy a home and termites hide in places like the attic and foundation causing chaos to a house. Having a termite inspection is worth it because it gives you a clear report of if any wood destroying organisms are present and eating away at your home.  


A mold inspection is a wonderful add on service that helps keep you and your family determine any mold present. The mold inspection is another add on service that Ellingwood Pro Home inspections offers to their clients. The mold inspection actually consists of the inspector taking a sample and having it tested for the presence of mold. Mold can hide in the walls and ceiling and cause major sickness in a house. If a home has a musty odor it is best to have it checked for mold.  

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Energy Audit  

A home energy audit is completely worth the investment. A home energy audit can even help you save money in the long run. During this add-on service the home inspector evaluates your home to see where it is efficient and where it is not. The home energy audit breaks down areas of the home where you could potentially be losing energy.  

As you can tell, any of these add on services would be beneficial when buying a home. Many of the add on services can help keep you safe and healthy in your home and give you peace of mind that you have nothing to worry about. If any of these add on services revealed something bad it would be a blessing that you discovered it prior to closing and you could determine what you wish to do about it. When booking a home inspection be sure to review the add-on services available to make sure you are getting the best out of your inspection and you know everything there is to know about the home you are buying.  

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