Chimney – General home inspectors should admit that they are not knowledgeable enough to inspect old chimneys in particular. Bricks and flue liners in the chimney interior might already be crumbling. A specialized chimney inspector could also tell if smoke is being discharged properly, and then recommend solutions if not.
Wood destroying pests – Specialists know more about wood-destroying pests, which general home inspectors could not easily discern and check. It is important to identify specific pests so that specific solutions could be applied.
Home foundation – A foundation engineer could immediately tell if your home has a faulty foundation or it is sliding. General home inspectors could not tell if your home is actually built on a raised foundation or on a slab. Your home foundation is important because the life-span and overall safety of the home depends on it.
Soil stability – There is a need to test the soil beneath and around the house. Inspection on soil stability is particularly important especially if the house of standing on a hillside. No homebuyer would want a home that could slide away in the middle of a rainstorm. Also, several areas may be prone to soil contamination.
Asbestos – The element is one of the most health-risky. Unfortunately, many home constructions in the past used asbestos in building structures. Your general home inspector may not be able to tell if there are asbestos materials in an old home.
Services of the general home inspector are still reliable and accurate. However, in special and specific cases, specialists’ services would be required. This is more possible when the home to be inspected is already old.