What Does a Home Inspector Do?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of your house from the roof to the foundation. The buyer pays for the inspection, and it can last from 2-4 hours, depending on the size of the home.
While not required, it is highly recommend that you are present for the inspection. You can ask questions and learn a lot about maintenance items regarding your new home.
HERE IS A GENERAL CHECKLIST OF WHAT WILL BE COVERED DURING A HOME INSPECTION:
- Structural elements: walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation
- Exterior: grading, drainage, siding, trim, fascia, windows, gutters and leaders, driveway and walkways, patios and decks
- Roof & Attic: framing, ventilation, insulation, age and type of roof, flashing, evidence of leaks
- Plumbing: toilets, sinks, faucets, pipe material, showers, tubs, evidence of leaks or malfunctions, water pressure
- Electrical: main panel, circuit breakers, type of wiring, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures
- Systems & Components: Hot water heater (age and condition), furnace, ductwork, chimney and fireplace, central air
- Appliances: range and oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, built-in microwave
- Garage: walls, slab floor, garage doors, electric door openers
You can expect to receive a full report from your home inspector within a few days.