What Can I Expect from a Professional Home Inspection?What can I expect from a professional home inspection is a question most buyers ask during the home buying process. The job of a professional home inspector is to look over every major part of the home and prepare a report. The usual components of a home inspection focus on the structural and mechanical properties of the home.
The example I give is if the dishwasher is dented that doesn't count as a repair. If it's leaking water that is a repair. On the day of the inspection it's best to be in attendance and follow as the home inspection takes place. That way when the home inspector finds a problem he can clearly explain the issue. Finally, the cost of the home inspection is part of your closing costs.
The territory covered by the home inspection:
EXTERIOR home inspection items
- foundation - holes, cracks
- gutters and downspouts - gaps, sagging
- siding - warping
- paint - peeling, blistering
- windows and doors - cracks, loose caulk
- roof - worn spots
- chimney - loose bricks, stone; tilting
- driveways, retaining walls, and walkways - sagging, cracks
- land - proper water drainage
- general structure - soundness, rot
- floors and stairs - squeaking shaking
- plumbing system - general condition, leaks, clogs
- heating and cooling system - condition
- electrical system - condition, proper grounding
- insulation - thickness, efficiency
- walls - cracks
- kitchen - age and condition of appliances
It's also wise to have a home inspection done prior to listing your for sale. That way you can take care of all the repairs up front. It's a great marketing tool!
"This home has been pre-inspected!" It shows confidence in your home.
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