What’s included in a home inspection?
A home inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of a property that is performed by a professional inspector. The purpose of a home inspection is to identify any potential issues or defects with the property, including structural, electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling systems, as well as the condition of the roof, walls, floors, and windows. The inspector will also check for any signs of pest infestation or water damage.
Here are some of the items that are typically included in a home inspection:
- Structure: The inspector will evaluate the foundation, walls, roof, and other structural components to determine their overall stability and safety.
- Electrical system: The inspector will evaluate the electrical panel, wiring, outlets, and switches to ensure they are in good working order and meet current safety standards.
- Plumbing system: The inspector will check the pipes, fixtures, and appliances for leaks, clogs, and other issues.
- Heating/cooling system: The inspector will evaluate the furnace, air conditioning unit, and ductwork to ensure they are in good working order and safe to use.
- Roof: The inspector will evaluate the roof for signs of damage, leaks, or wear and tear, and will assess its overall condition.
- Windows and doors: The inspector will evaluate the windows and doors for proper operation, leaks, and overall condition.
- Walls, floors, and ceilings: The inspector will check the walls, floors, and ceilings for signs of damage, such as cracks or water damage, and will assess their overall condition.
- Pests: The inspector will look for any signs of pest infestation, such as holes, droppings, or damage to the structure.
- Water damage: The inspector will look for any signs of water damage, such as mold or discoloration, and will assess the overall condition of the property in relation to moisture and humidity.
It’s important to attend the home inspection in person so you can ask the inspector questions and get a better understanding of any issues that are identified. The inspector will provide you with a detailed report of their findings, which can help you make an informed decision about whether to proceed with the purchase of the property.