What is a home
simply, a home inspection is a visual examination and technical analysis of
the major systems of a house performed for existing homeowners,
prospective purchasers, or third party agencies. The systems inspected include
the Roofing, Exterior, Structure, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Insulation,
Plumbing, and the Interior:
must be knowledgeable about all aspects of residential building systems and
their operation. They must be able to recognize and report on non-performance
and the potential for failure.
also be able to:
- Describe the system types and the materials
- Recognize the typical defects and their
implications, including safety concerns
- Understand the features of adequate
installation and repair technique
- Perform inspections in a manner consistent
with the standards of practice of the home inspection profession
No House is Perfect
Not even brand new homes are flawless. But that
doesn't mean you should give up the search for your dream home. It just means
that when you find the right house, you need to go one step further and find
out what problems exist and what could arise in the future. Buying a house is
one of the biggest investments most people will ever make, so it makes good
sense to have it checked out by a professional.
Why have a home inspection performed?
The unknown is a source of anxiety for any home
buyer. A home inspection is for buyers who want to know the true condition of
the house. After deciding that a home is suitable in terms of location, size,
interior layout, and other lifestyle factors, it is also important to learn
about the mechanical features.
Some of the items
covered during an inspection are:
- What (if any) structural work is necessary to
- How long before the roof will need replacing?
- Is the chimney safe and functional?
- How long before the furnace/air conditioning
will need replacing?
- Is the electrical panel properly wired? Does
it pose any special safety concerns?
- Are the insulation levels adequate?
- Is there leakage in the basement? What are the
possible causes and cures?
A properly written
report will identify the relevant conditions, outline corrective actions
(provide, repair, monitor), document where to find it in the home, and suggest
the time frame for taking action.