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During a home inspection, the inspector will thoroughly evaluate the physical structure of your home as well as critical internal systems. The examination will include the following:

  • Foundations
  • HVAC systems
  • Walls, Ceiling and Flooring
  • Siding and Exteriors
  • Porches and Decks
  • Water Heaters
  • Gutters and Drains
  • Roofs and Attics
  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Electrical Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Windows and Doors
  • Drainage

What don’t Home Inspectors look for?

The inspection is not designed to criticize every minor problem or defect in the home. It is not concerned with anything cosmetic in a home, unless it poses a potential safety issue. It is intended to report on major damage or serious problems that require repair. Should serious problems be indicated, the inspector will recommend that a structural engineer or some other professional inspect it as well. Your home cannot “pass or fail” an inspection, and your inspector will not tell you whether he/she thinks the home is worth the money you are offering. The inspector’s job is to make you aware of repairs that are recommended or necessary.

In choosing a home inspector, consider one that has been certified as a qualified and experienced member by a trade association. I have recommendations if you need help choosing an inspector.

How long does a home inspection take?

The duration of an inspection varies widely, mostly depending on four factors:

  1. Home size
  2. Number of defects
  3. Thoroughness of the inspector
  4. The helpfulness of the owner when preparing for the inspection

Having said that, expect somewhere between two and four hours unless there are exceptional circumstances. Then the report takes about 3-4 days to complete.

Who Should be Present During the Home Inspection?

Anyone can be present. I recommend that you are present at the inspection. This is to your advantage. You will be able to clearly understand the inspection report, and know exactly which areas need attention. Plus, you can get answers to many questions, tips for maintenance and a lot of general information that will help you once you move into your new home. Most importantly, you will see the home through the eyes of an objective third party.

You may wish to have separate tests performed.

In addition to the overall inspection, you may wish to have separate tests conducted for:

  • Pest, termites and WDI/WDO
  • Radon Testing
  • Water Tests
  • Mold Inspection
  • Septic System Evaluations

The Home’s Report Card

Once the inspector has completed the evaluation, they will present a report on the home with their findings. There may be some or a lot deficiencies, don’t be alarmed. These reports are very detailed. Some of the issues may be very minor. The severity of each problem will be listed, plus how much each problem would be estimated to cost.

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