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Post Purchase Inspections

What is a post purchase inspection?

A post purchase inspection is a home inspection performed after the settlement of a home. A post purchase inspection is meant for people who had to forgo their inspection in order to buy their home. If you were unable to have an inspection while buying your home, for any reason, a post purchase inspection is for you!

If you are looking for a warranty inspection click here.

We also offer radon testing and WDI inspections for those who had to forgo them during the home buying proccess.


A post purchase inspection is performed the same as an inspection taken during the home buying process. It will give you unbiased comprehensive insight into your home, including any major defects in the home. All our inspections are carried out by ASHI-certified home inspectors. They will use their breadth of knowledge and experience to give you a deeper understanding of your home. For further information on our inspections click here.

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What is Included in My Inspection?

  • Framing (structure)

  • Roof : The inspector will WALK the roof.

  • Attic

  • Foundation

  • Walls, windows, and doors

  • Electrical system

  • Plumbing system

  • Heating and air conditioning systems

  • Kitchen

  • Bathrooms

  • Exterior

  • Attached structures (decks, etc.)

  • All mechanical systems

  • Crawlspace: The inspector will go INTO the crawlspace

  • Grounds, Drainage & Grading

  • Inspect and report the quality & life expectancy of all major systems

  • General Interior of the home

  • For mobile homes and trailers, inspections will go UNDER the home

  • Additional Permanent Structures can also be inspected: Please contact the office for information & cost


During the report, your inspector will separate notable items into five categories. They are Satisfactory Items, Major Defects, Safety Concerns, and Service/Repair Items, Monitor/Maintain.

  • Satisfactory - An item in normal operation, or serviceable condition, but may show normal wear

  • Major Defect- An item that is currently broken and will have a substantial monetary value to repair, or needs evaluation to determine the cost
    of a likely expensive repair

  • Safety Concern- An item that affects the safety of the occupants of the home, and is in need of immediate repair

  • Service/Repair Item- An item in need of repair or maintenance, the expected cost of which should be at a level less than that of a major defect, at the time of inspection. Also noted, may be some inaccessible items or items not working

  • Monitor/Maintain - An item that will require immediate maintenance and should be carefully monitored to avoid larger problems

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Should I get a Post Purchase Inspection?

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Post-Purchase Additional Services

Anyone who has recently purchased a house without an inspection should get a post-purchase inspection. While we recommend everyone get an inspection before purchasing their home, we understand current circumstances can prevent an inspection. Luckily it is never too late to gain a better understanding of your home. A post-purchase inspection will shed light on the condition of your home. This insight is vital to keeping your home in tip-top shape. Knowledge gained from an inspection can reveal defects within the home so you can address them before they worsen. 

A blocked Chimeny flue is a major carbon monoxide hazard. If it was not found during the post purchase inspection, it could have been deadly.

This damaged furnace was noted during a post purchase inspection. Water can cause havoc once introduced to your unit, as evidenced by the rust.

A post-purchase/post-settlement home inspection will provide valuable insight into the structural and mechanical components of your home, but we also recommend the following possible add on items:


Radon Testing: Radon gas odorless, colorless and the #1 Leading cause of Lung Cancer among non-smokers. In as little as 48 hours, this test can alert you to possible elevated Radon levels impacting your new family home. Learn More about Testing for Radon Gas Here!

  • Not so fun fact: In Middletown, DE, approximately 1 in 5 homes have Elevated Radon levels & in Pennsylvania, the average Radon gas levels are between 7 and 8 pCi/L. For reference, the EPA considers any level 4.0 or above to be considered elevated.


Radon Mitigation:  Have you had a Radon Test come back recently that came back near or above 4.0 pCi/L? We suggest a Radon Mitigation System to reduce your Radon levels to within EPA standards. Learn more about getting a free, no obligation bid for your Radon Mitigation System here.

Wood Destroying Insect Treatments: Does your new home have a current or past infestation of Wood Destroying Insects? This includes termites, carpenter bees, carpenter ants, old wood borers and powder post beetles. Contact our sister company now to schedule your Wood Destroying Insect bid and treatment today.

Mold Testing: Does your home have a history of leaks or water damage? Do you or your family members have specific concerns or sensitivities to mold spores? Learn more about Mold Air Quality Assessments here.

Full Lead Paint Inspection (DE ONLY): Was your home built in or before 1978? You may be living with hazardous Lead Paint. Learn more about Lead Paint Inspections for your Delaware home here.

Well Water Testing: Is your new home being supplied by a private well? Are you concerned about possible contaminants in your drinking water?  Learn more about testing your drinking water here along with the multitude of testing options available. 

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