Most of the agents I have met have extensive experience and may be able to help you understand and evaluate the house in a calm and rationale manner. As you know it only takes 1 bad experience story before you get concerned about an entire profession.
I suggest you ask the questions that are important to you. It sounds like you are relocating from a dry climate to a seasonally moist climate. Excessive moisture in the house may include biological pollutants that may adversely effect your comfort or health. Asthma, sensitive skin, and other conditions may be aggravated with various organic growth.
Frequency of repair may also be important. When conducive conditions to wood destroying insects are not eliminated, then expect the insects to return. There are always trade-offs to consider with each configuration of the house. Some common aethetically appealing renovations, may create a conducive condition for wood destroying insects. This may be an acceptable trade-off for some and unacceptable for others.
Please contact us if you have additional questions or are interested in a Belmont MA Home Inspection.
Extensive is a subjective term you should always rely upon a properly licenced & experienced professional, be it a pest inspector, structural engineer, general contractor for their opinion & advice so you can make the most informed decisions.
Hope that helps & welcome to New England :)
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