Why Hire a Home Inspector

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment an individual will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterward. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.

Unlike a home appraisal, a home inspection is an objective visual examination of the structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.

Major Inspection Points

The standard home inspector’s report will review the condition of the:

  • Foundations, basements and underfloor areas- including but not limited to: foundations and support components; ventilation; insulation; access openings; wood separation from soil; drainage and sump pumps; seismic anchoring and bracing.
  • Building exteriors- including but not limited to: surface grade; hardscaping; site drainage; wall coverings; doors and windows; attached appurtenances (decks, balconies, porches, stairs, railings and walkways, etc.).
  • Roof coverings- including but not limited to: roof coverings; flashing’s; vents; skylights; roof penetrations; roof drainage.
  • Attic areas and roof framing- including but not limited to: framing and sheathing; access openings; insulation; ventilation.
  • Plumbing systems- including but not limited to: supply, waste and vent piping; plumbing fixtures, faucets and drains; water heating equipment; functional flow of water supply; functional drainage at fixtures; gas piping and connectors.
  • Electrical systems- including but not limited to: service conductors, service equipment and capacity; panels and over-current protection devices; service and equipment grounding; wiring; switches: receptacles and light fixtures.
  • Heating systems- including but not limited to: heating equipment; venting systems; combustion and ventilating air; energy sources and connections; distribution systems.
  • Central cooling systems- including but not limited to: cooling equipment; distribution systems; energy sources and connections; condensate drainage.
  • Fireplaces and chimneys- including but not limited to: chimneys; flues and dampers; fireboxes, hearth extensions and accessories; solid-fuel and gas-burning appliances.
  • Building interiors- including but not limited to: walls, ceilings and floors; security bars; ventilation; doors and windows; stairs; railings; cabinets and counters; safety glazing; smoke detector placement; laundry provisions; major appliances.

The Full Report