For most people, selling or buying a property is one of the biggest financial decisions they will ever make. A thorough home inspection can make the difference between a lifelong regret and a favorable business transaction that could greatly improve your financial future. Home inspectors help buyers by thoroughly examining a property and providing expert advice about its actual condition and possible repair costs. On the seller side, a dependable home inspection can point out pressing issues with your property that, if addressed, could increase your asking price.
The following are areas buyers or sellers should expect to be included in a home inspection. Home inspectors provide their clients written and/or e-mail reports of the home inspection. The report will contain detailed information on the property and will typically be delivered within 24 hours of the inspection. The inspection report will clearly identify the components and systems of the property observed by the inspector. The report should include photos; and may be 25 to 50 pages long depending on the size and condition of the home.
Here are some of the key areas you can expect to be covered in a home inspection report.
- Exterior features including sidewalks, driveways, siding, soffit, porches, balconies, railings and site grading.
- Roof system including shingles, gutters, flashing, chimneys and skylights.
- Structural components including foundation and framing of the home.
- Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, vents, water heating equipment and sump pumps.
- Electrical system including service panels, breakers and fuses, switches and receptacles.
- Heating system including equipment fuel supply and venting.
- Cooling systems including distribution and service records.
- Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings.
- Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.
- Fireplaces including chimneys, vents and fuel source.
- Kitchen appliances functionality.
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector/alarm functionality.
If there are other specific areas you would like to have inspected please ask your inspector. Some such as radon testing and sewer scopes may carry an additional expense but are well worth it for a lot of properties.