The Value of a Home Inspection


A home inspection is a comprehensive visual examination of the home's structure and working systems. It should cover the exterior building envelope, all accessible structural components from the foundations to rooftop and includes basic testing of the bathrooms, plumbing, heating, electrical and ventilation systems. A home inspection will reduce the risk of having to deal with unexpected defects in a house. You will gain knowledge and familiarity with the house and determine whether or not it meets your expectations.

A home inspection should cover the following:

Foundations, crawl space
Structure
Garage or Carport
Exterior walls and windows
Doors, porches and decks
Roofing, gutters and skylights
Chimneys and masonry
Attic, ventilation and insulation
Interiors
Kitchen and bathrooms
Plumbing and domestic hot water systems
Heating systems
Electrical system
Abandoned fuel oil tanks