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Q: Can I be present during the home inspection?
A: A buyer should always be present during the home inspection. This is an opportunity to find out the strengths and problems of the property first-hand, and to ask questions and hear the inspector's concerns. We consider the interaction between the home inspector and a buyer to be a crucial part of the services that we offer. (Articles: Home Inspection Etiquette and Loose Lips Sink Ships)

Q: Is the termite inspection included in a home inspection?
A: Some home inspectors include the termite inspection and other do not. Most pest companies will give a warranty to treat if people have problems with termites within a year after they inspect the property, so we recommend that buyers have the termite inspection done by a professional termite/pest inspection and treatment company.

Q: Do home inspectors test for lead paint, radon and asbestos?
A: At a low additional cost, we can provide a radon test kit. In Massachusetts, a person must be licensed to test for asbestos and lead paint. (Article: Why Test for Radon?)

Q: People are worried about mold these days, and I don't want to buy a house that's full of mold. Will a home inspector test for mold?
A: It is impossible to guarantee that a property is free of mold. Fungal growth can be concealed. In addition, mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours if the conditions are right, so a room can be mold-free one day and full of mold a week later. Mold needs moisture to grow, so the best strategy to combat mold growth is to prevent water intrusion or leakage and to keep levels of relative humidity low. A good home inspector can talk to you about ways to control relative humidity and prevent ground water and rainwater from entering the home, but determining the presence or absence of fungal growth is not part of our inspections.

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