What Does a Home Inspection Cover

When you are buying or selling a property it is in your best interest to get a home inspection done.  Home inspections are done to determine the condition of the home and the inspection report is invaluable in a real estate transaction.  It allows sellers to set the price of the home and it can allow both parties to negotiate the price based on any repairs that may be required.

Types of Home Inspections

There are several types of home inspections service that are offered.  Buyer want an inspection before they make a purchase, sellers also get inspections done so they can fix any problems before they list their home.  These are the most common but there are others too.  Phases inspections happen during the construction process making sure that the work is up to code.  Warranty inspections are done after construction is completed but the house is still under the builder’s warranty.

What Does a Home Inspection Cover?

A home inspection will cover the structure of the home, the roof, your HVAC system, plumbing, electrical and appliances.  Bear in mind that home inspections are not foolproof, an inspector can only check items that are visible and that they can access.  If you buy a three story property then it’s entirely possible that the roof doesn’t get inspected.  An inspector won’t cut holes in the walls to check the plumbing or electrical but they will use thermal imaging to take a cursory look.  You may also want to have the property tested for mold and radon.  Here is an up close look at a home inspection and what things the inspector looks for.

Home Inspectors are Impartial

Home inspectors are forbidden by law to do any repair work on a home that they inspect, this is done for your protection and to keep the inspection process impartial.  You don’t have to worry about a home inspector making up problems in order to become the repair person.  Many home inspectors do come from the construction industry so they are qualified to give you a rough idea of what repairs will cost.  They can refer you to a contractor, roofer or whatever you need to get a repair done.

Home inspection don’t cover everything, they will be limited to the home itself and maybe the garage.  A home inspector will not look at swimming pools, out buildings or septic tanks.  Many also don’t include mold testing or radon testing either.  However most of the time you can get these services as an add-on to your home inspection.