I am a longtime homeowner with a ton of experience in property maintenance and upkeep. You might say I’m a do-it-yourself kind of guy, however I seriously just love getting in there and getting my hands dirty. To me, it’s the only real way to learn a job or process. I used to perform inspections on properties so I had to know everything that goes into making a property safe for its occupants. You have to carefully check the foundation, the beams holding the house up, the pipes, furnace, a/c, roof, and a bunch of other important things. One other thing inspectors do that’s worth mentioning is checking for radon gas. Radon gas doesn’t have a smell and you also can’t see it. It is a radioactive gas that is one of the leading causes of lung cancer over long periods of exposure. It seeps into your property through cracks and holes in the foundation and spreads out from there. It easily can be an annoyance and can potentially be harmful if not taken care of in a timely fashion. I’ve come across plenty of properties that needed to hire a radon removal corporation to help out with the problem. It’s absolutely easy and can be taken care of by sealing up any apertures in the foundation and installing a small ventilation system to send the gas harmlessly into the atmosphere. There are radon testing kits in any hardware store and they are cheap, so there honestly is no reason for not testing your basement for radon gas. It could totally save your life.