What is a Home Inspection?

Published on October 6th, 2016

Something important, I’ll tell you that! But seriously, a home inspection is an essential examination of the condition of a home that is often connected to the sale of the home. If you are ready to purchase a home, take the time to fill out our free rate quote.

Who conducts a home inspection?

These inspections are conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to do so. After the inspector has done his job, he prepares and delivers the client a written report of their findings. This report will tell the condition of the home at the time of the inspection, but it does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of the systems or components.

The inspection report needs to clearly identify the systems and components of the property that were observed by the inspector; the reports can be up to fifty pages long and photos are often included.

What is being inspected?

Here are some of the key areas that are included in a home inspection report:

  •  Structural components including foundation and framing of the home
  •  Exterior features including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways, railings and driveways
  •  Roof system including shingles, flashing and skylights
  •  Electrical system including service panels, breakers and fuses
  •  Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, water heating equipment and sump pumps
  •  Heating system including equipment and venting
  •  Cooling system including energy sources and distribution equipment
  •  Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings
  •  Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces
  •  Fireplaces including chimneys and vents

Well, what isn’t being inspected?

Home inspectors are only able to perform a visual inspection, and are only liable to inspect what they can see and access. Inspectors will not be taking equipment apart or putting holes in your walls. There are also certain aspects of your home that inspectors are not required to cover, some of which require specific licensing. Here are some things you won’t find on your home inspection report:

  •  Hot tubs and swimming pools
  •  Kitchen appliances and central vacuum systems
  •  Lawn sprinkler systems
  •  Fire and smoke detection and suppression systems
  •  Alarm/intrusion detection systems
  •  Television antenna or satellite dishes
  •  Detached structures like a garage or shed
  •  Well systems
  •  Code compliance
  •  Environmental hazard report like radon, asbestos or lead
  •  Termite and pest report

If you are concerned about something not being included on your home inspection, just ask your home inspector. Don’t forget to fill out your free rate quote if you are ready to purchase your dream home.

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