About Home Inspections & what’s involved
A home inspection is conducted as part of the home-purchasing process, and its purpose is to disclose to the potential buyers the physical condition of the home. The buyers should be present in the house when the inspection takes place to ask questions as the inspector makes his way throughout the interior and exterior of the building. A report by a licensed home inspector allows the buyer to make an informed investment in the house or choose to opt out of the purchase because of defects. The following is an overview of what the inspector will do during the actual inspection based on the American Society of Home Inspectors’ standards of practice
The inspector will inspect the foundation, floors, walls, ceilings and roof for signs of deterioration.
Plumbing and Electric
The inspector will examine the water heater, faucets, visible pipes, light fixtures and switches and service equipment.
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Heating and Air Conditioning
The inspector will look at the heating and air conditioning units as well as the vent and distribution systems.
The inspector will inspect the chimney, siding, doors and driveway, as well as patios, decks or porches.
The inspector will look at the countertops, kitchen cabinets, doors, windows and stairways.
The inspector may conduct tests to determine levels of radon, lead and other harmful chemicals present in the house.