Why Inspect a Home?

Buying a home is exhilarating. It is not only a time of excitement and joy, but also a time of making decisions and to-do lists. Your home inspection is a very important step during that process.

Whether you have owned one home or twenty, whether they have been in the same region or all over the country, every home is different and each has unique systems, construction styles, and wear-levels. As a result of these variables, every home, whether it’s your first ever or your first this year, should be carefully evaluated.

Another key point is that a home purchase is an investment—the largest investment many people will ever make. Like any other business transaction, it calls for careful evaluation. It is important to step back from the emotion of the purchase and perform the type of due diligence that one would in selecting any other investment tool.

Why Inspect a New Home?

While a builder or municipal inspection can go a long way to assuring a good product, a good home inspection report will help you protect your interest by identifying items in need of attention, and will help you work with your builder in fixing those issues.

I'm a First-Time Home Buyer

Home inspections are especially valuable for first-time buyers. The inspection will not only give you peace of mind on your investment, but it also serves as an orientation to your new home. Learn how to locate shut-off valves, what maintenance the home will require, and more.

Will my inspection have a guarantee or warranty?

No, an inspection and a warranty are different. The inspection provides information about the condition of the home on the day of the inspection to help you make an educated buying decision. A warranty provides a certain amount of protection for items that may happen to break in the future. Therefore, while a warranty may complement an inspection in some ways, it is separate from it and is provided by a third-party company.

What can I expect?

The home inspection is often the first time you will look at the house more “logically” instead of “emotionally.” This can be difficult if you are not prepared for the step-by-step evaluation of the house. However, as long as you remember that no house is perfect and expect the slight change of perspective that the home inspection will bring, the process becomes much easier.

Price and condition do not go hand-in-hand. The price of the home has much more to do with location and market conditions than anything else. Even million-dollar homes need inspections.

So, no matter what the purchase price, avoid falling into the trap of expecting a flawless house.

What Does An Inspector Look At?

A general home inspection is a visual evaluation of the conditions that are present at the time of the inspection. Even a great home inspector cannot predict the future or see behind walls, but he or she does examine every item that can be reasonably accessed and report his or her findings.

At this point the home still belongs to the seller. Therefore, the inspector will not disassemble appliances, puncture walls, pull up carpet, or otherwise damage the property.

What the inspector looks at is dictated by the scope of standards set out by state or industry organizations. In general, these systems are as follows at the right.

What Doesn’t An Inspector Look At?

The “Not Inspected” list details items that are considered outside the general scope of a home inspection. When ordering multiple inspections from a home inspection company, make sure your inspector is licensed as required by the state or certified to perform the extra services.

What is inspected?

  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Ceilings
  • Crawlspaces
  • Doors
  • Driveway
  • Electrical
  • Exterior and siding
  • Floors
  • Foundation
  • Garage
  • Grading
  • Heating & air conditioning
  • Interior water penetration
  • Major appliances
  • Plumbing
  • Roof
  • Sidewalk
  • Structure
  • Ventilation
  • Walls
  • Windows

What is NOT inspected?

  • Radon
  • Mold/indoor air quality
  • Underground tanks
  • Water quality
  • Sprinklers
  • Energy efficiency
  • Insurability of any item