A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, by a certified home inspector, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected, by a certified home inspector, is like giving it a physical checkup. If problems or symptoms are found, the home inspector may recommend additional professional evaluations.
Even the most experienced homeowners benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A home inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, including the proper installation and maintenance of those elements. Home inspectors understand how a homes systems and components are intended to function, as well as how and why they fail.
Buyers and sellers often find it difficult to be completely objective and unemotional about the house they are purchasing or selling, this may affect their judgment. It is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by a certified home inspector.
Every home is different and may contain different building components, so there is no set list. A home inspector can't see through walls, but a home inspector will visually inspect virtually every accessible location of the house as well as the working components within the house.
The standard home inspection will include the following:
- Flooring Systems
- Plumbing Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Heating Systems
- Central Air Systems
- Insulation and Ventilation