What does a home inspection include?
A standard home inspection includes:
Areas of Inspection
Interior Living Space (Bedrooms, Living & Dining, Hall Areas, Alleys, etc)
Bathrooms, Kitchens, Lofts, Balconies, Servants’ Quarters, Lobby Area, Garages, etc.
Systems & Components Inspected
Ceilings, Walls, Floors, Doors, Windows
Electrical system, Plumbing system and fixtures
Cabinets and countertops, Applicable installed appliances, etc.
Ventilation & Exhaust systems, Water Supply, Heating and air conditioning system
- Material Types
- Installation & Finishing
- Operations & Functionality
- General Safety
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize the cost incurred due to unexpected difficulties and, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly bought or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you are about to buy a new home, a home inspection can identify problems and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition, and you in a better bargaining position.
Why can’t I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.