What to Expect from a Home Inspection

Home inspections are a visual assessment of a home’s physical structure and mechanical systems. This includes the roof, ceiling, walls, floors, windows, and doors. The home inspector has a list of items to go through while checking the home. They will typically check if major appliances remain functional, check the heating and air-conditioning system, look over the plumbing and electrical system throughout the home, and look around the attic and basement areas if the home has them. 


The overall goal of the home inspection is to uncover any underlying issues that may not be presentable to the naked eye. Inspectors will not tell you if you are getting a good deal or offer an opinion in regard to the sale price of the home. 


Exterior Inspection May Include:


  • Chimney
  • Roof
  • Gutters
  • Exterior Surfaces (brick, vinyl, etc.)
  • Windows and Doors
  • Foundation
  • Property


Interior Inspection May Include:


  • Attic
  • Bedrooms, Living Rooms, and Dining Room
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Fireplace
  • Basement/Foundation


The Report


The home inspector will provide an extensive report back to you. These types of reports will contain checklists, summaries, photographs, and notes. There may be an estimate of the remaining life span of major systems and equipment throughout the home, as well as the roof, structure, paint, and finishes. The information listed will include recommendations on repair and replacements for the home. Keep in mind that a home inspection is not a pass-fail exam.


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