A residential home inspection is an essential step in buying a home. It is important to know the condition of the structure of an investment, as well as the components, inside and out. There are a few different types of inspections you can have performed, residential being the most common, as it deals with every accessible part of a home.
Normal practice for a residential home inspection requires a home inspector inspect the following: roof and all components, interior, exterior, plumbing and all components, HVAC and all components, all attached appliances, electrical panels and outlets, electrical service entrance, a representative number of doors and windows, decks or any other attached structure or wall, property integrity, porches, driveways, sidewalks, attic and structural members, irrigation system (if present) and insulation. Basements, crawlspaces, garages, furnaces and chimneys are also inspected if present.
Upon completion the inspector will assemble a detailed report including all findings, including high-quality photos to show these findings. These reports are typically done with the latest software, that can be accessed by the client via email/internet. Handwritten reports are still done by some inspectors but are less common. Residential home inspection reports detail the inspector’s findings at the time of the inspection. If there is a leak or any activity that is deemed hazardous or degrading to the property at the time of the inspection, the inspector may include video as evidence of the problem. The inspector will also report on stains or any evidence of activity that can’t be seen at the time of the inspection.
Residential home inspectors will comment on the age and/or estimated life left on components such as the roof, water heater, electrical panels and air conditioning condenser unit. The age of these components can be discovered by reading the labels for manufacturer’s dates, finding permits for when the component was installed, by way of visual inspection, or all three.
Safety is the number one priority during the inspection. The inspector is not required to perform any task that has any obstacle blocking access to components or that may compromise their safety.
Residential home inspections are non-invasive inspections and can be limited due to household items or other debris that restrict access to areas that would normally be included in the inspector’s report. It is important for the client to ensure adequate access to all components of the home for the inspector to perform a thorough inspection.
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