I’m interested in this house for purchase…
I will hire an inspector if we make an accepted offer, and I would like to make sure the checklist includes the important items for a home of this age. We have two small children so health is of prime concern to me. We will likely be doing lots of renovation work.
For example, I want to be sure there is no asbestos or other health related issues. It’s built on a slope with a daylight basement in the back. What issues might I check for in the basement towards the front of the house? musty smells, signs of moisture, etc?
I’ve noticed that the attic has an acrid strong odor. Insulation is blown (what there is of it, does not cover the rafters) and appears to be a mix of brown cellulose and fiberglass. Any likely chance of problems up here? Home has been vacant for appx 2.5 years so perhaps the lack of conditioned air is to blame for odor?
Finally, how to check for lead-based paint or other toxins as well as lead in the tap water?
Thanks in advance!