What does a home inspection include?
A home inspector’s report will review the condition of the following:
Heating system / Water heater
Central air conditioning system (temperature permitting)
Foundation, basement, and crawl space
Walls, ceilings, floors
Windows and doors
Exterior/ Roof /Gutters/ Chimney
Grading, fences, retaining walls if they relate to the possible condition of the home
What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?
A home inspection is not protection against future failures. Components like air conditioners and heat systems can and will break down. A home inspection attempts to reveal the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. A home inspector will determine the approximate age of each component and offer advice regarding the average life expectancy to help you plan for future expenses. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty.
A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. A home inspector will not tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.
A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance.
A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks. A home inspector thinks “Safety” not “Code” when performing a home inspection.
Should I attend the home inspection?
It is often helpful to be there so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found. But be sure to give the home inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.