In Philadelphia, the average cost of a home inspection is between $375 and $425. The exact price depends on a number of factors. The most important factor is the house size, in square feet. In addition, it costs more to inspect a duplex or triplex than a single family house of  the square footage.Besides that, older homes may be more expensive to inspect than newer homes. There are other specialty inspections that can add to the total cost of inspections. To get a quote and schedule an inspection,Click Here  

Termite  Inspections

Technically, a termite inspection is a Wood Destroying Organism Inspection. Most professionals recommend  a termite inspection, because termites can major structural damage to house, resulting in high cost repairs. The termite inspection can usually be done at the time of the home inspection, and cost about $100. 

Radon Inspections

Exposure to high levels of radon increase the risk of lung cancer. The purpose of a radon inspection is to determine if there is an unsafe level of the radon gas in the house. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is naturally present in the soil that enters the house through minute cracks and gaps in the basement and foundation. Radon Inspections cost about $135. The Environmental Protection Administration has determined that a safe level of radon inside the home is 4pCu/L. Levels or radon can vary significantly between regions, and even house to house on a given block. For more info, Click Here  

Other Special Inspections

Lead, asbestos, and water quality are other special inspections. High lead levels in the living space are especially harmful to fetuses and young children. Buildings that were constructed before 1970 are more likely to have a lead problem. Landlords are required by a recent Philadelphia housing law to get a lead-safe certificate for their rental property before they can get a lease signed. Old, chipped, interior paint is a common cause of unhealthy lead levels in a home.

Hazards of Asbestos

Asbestos also causes  lung disease. This substance was used in a variety of building materials until the 1980’s. Asbestos is most harmful when small particles get airborne and are inhaled.

Water testing can reveal the presence of lead and other contaminants in the tap water.Homes supplied by municipal water rarely get tested, unless the owners have special sensitivites. It is usually done for well-supplied drinking water. Some old houses may have lead water pipes.

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