What is a Home Inspection
A pre-purchase home inspection, performed by a Licensed professional Home Inspector, is a visual examination of the readily accessible areas of a home to provide an accurate evaluation of the home's condition at the inspection. Home inspections are designed to disclose defects in the property that could materially affect its safety, livability, or resale value. They are not meant to disclose cosmetic defects. The evaluation is presented to the buyer in a comprehensive report, so buyers are fully informed of the home’s condition prior to purchase.
- · Will the home inspector discuss the defects only?
A comprehensive inspection should not only bring defects and problem areas to your attention; it should also highlight the positive aspects of a home as well.
- · How long does an inspection take?
It depends upon the size of the home and the number of rooms. An average inspection takes about 2½ - 3 hours (1½ - 2 hours for a condo). The time is well-spent considering there are more than 500 components in the average home and also depending on the number of Bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms.
- · What should my professional home inspection include?
Your professional home inspection should include:
A. • Structural and Foundation
B. • General Construction overall
C. • Plumbing
D. • Electrical
E. • Heating and cooling
F. • Roof & Attic
G. • Insulation & Ventilation
H. • Windows and doors
I. • Kitchen and bathroom
J. • Appliances
K. • Interior walls and ceiling
L. • Air conditioning
M. • Basement
N. • Grading and drainage
O. • Gutters and leaders
P. • Garages and carports (attached structures)
Q. • Patios and decks
R. • Walks and driveways