What is a home inspection?
A home inspection a visual examination of the physical condition of a home or condo. This is usually, but not always, connected to the sale of that structure and its findings often determine the successful completion of that sale.
A home inspection will usually include an examination of the foundation and basement/crawlspace, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself. An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues. Importantly, they will also make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.
Home Inspections are not conducted on a Pass or Fail basis, it provides a report that shows an itemized list of the condition of the home or building and any work that should be done. The inspection and the creation of the report is often a condition of the sale of the home. An inspection is conducted in about 95% of all real estate home transactions.
Home Inspection Process Explained
A typical home inspection takes two to three hours, and during this time the house is examined from top to bottom
Home inspections include observation, and when appropriate the operation, of the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and appliance systems, as well as observation of structural components: roof, foundation, basement, exterior and interior walls, chimney, doors, and windows.
Findings can be provided in the form of a comprehensive inspection report, which includes an objective evaluation of the condition the home clearly outlining any existing defects and potential problems as well as pictures.