Home Inspections are a mainly visual examination of a home’s condition, usually conducted for a sale and purchase of a home. They are done by certified home inspectors to determine the performance of a home and to help potential new homeowners understand the in’s and out’s of the property. They also prepare a written report of the findings from the home inspection to help potential home purchasers evaluate and make informed decisions on property purchases.
What a Home Inspection Covers:
- Structural components of the home (foundation, framing)
- Exterior features (siding, porches, balconies, walkways, railings and driveways)
- Roof systems
- Electrical system (service panels, breakers, fuses)
- Plumbing systems (pipes, drains, water heating equipment)
- Heating system (HVAC equipment, venting)
- Cooling system (HVAC energy sources, distribution equipment)
- Interior features (walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs, railings)
- Insulation and ventilation throughout the property
- Fireplaces (chimneys, vents)
- Get multiple recommendations. The real estate agent may have pointed you to a home inspector already, but many potential buyers will also do their own research, ask around, and compare the reputation of several home inspectors to make sure the inspector will do the inspection justice.
- Attend the inspection. Being at an inspection in person is helpful for the potential buyer to better understand a property and to ensure that an inspection is conducted thoroughly. Allow the inspector take you through the full inspection and take notes or pictures if it helps to remember inspector comments or to learn the in’s and out’s of the property.
- Ask Questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! A good inspector should be able to walk through an inspection with you and answer any questions you may have about the property. Don’t let it slide and don’t be intimidated to sound unknowledgeable – that’s what the inspector is there for!
- Turning on and testing utilities. One thing people miss during an inspection is not actually using the systems in the property despite a walk through. Running a cycle of the washer-dryer, the dishwasher, and turning the HVAC system up and down, for example, can really show you any problems or questionable areas to pay attention to.
The average cost of an inspection costs around $320, as reported by HomeAdvisor.com. This varies by square footage, condition of the home, and other factors.