A home inspection is a very thorough and comprehensive procedure. The inspection takes about 2 1/2 hours for a house about 2500 square feet. Size of house, age of the house and issues found will dictate the exact length of time for the inspection. It is a non-intrusive inspection (nailed panels will not be removed, holes will not be cut in walls, below ground or enclosed wall components can not be examined, etc...) designed to collect information for the client. It is not a pass/fail inspection nor a municipal code inspection. Facts about the property are collected and presented to the client. The client can use this information to assist them with their decision making processes on the property. They may be satisfied with the results or they may want to negotiate with the seller of the property over issues found during the inspection that concern them. The following are areas and items inspected during a general home inspection.
- Landscaping in regards to drainage around the foundation
- Walkways, slabs and driveways
- Roof, chimney and gutters
- Vegetation around the house
It is important to keep in mind that a home inspection is not a warranty inspection or guarantee. It is a non-intrusive inspection designed to report on the condition of the property as it is at the time of the inspection.
The inspection concludes with a walk-around with the inspector to discuss the issues found during the inspection. This is also a time to learn about your property. Ask questions about things you don't understand, learn about your investment. Regular home maintenance is the best way to maintain your property's value.
- Attic, insulation and ventilation
- Identify signs of structural compromise
- Heating and air conditioning
- Working order of appliances included in the sale