HOME INSPECTIONS Home inspections are conducted to assure a buyer that the home is in acceptable condition. If the inspection turns up any major problems, buyers can decide whether to ignore the findings, negotiate the sale price to reflect the cost of necessary repairs, or walk away from the transaction. Most home inspectors provide buyers with a comprehensive report on their evaluation of:
STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS — Construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof, and foundation.
EXTERIOR EVALUATION — Exterior wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights, and exterior receptacles. ROOF AND ATTIC — Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing, and gutters. Roof certification and guarantees of roof condition are not included. PLUMBING — Identification of pipe materials used for drinkable water, drain, waste, and vent pipes, including their condition. Evaluation of toilets, showers, sinks, faucets, and traps. Sewer inspection is not included. SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS — Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimney, fireplace, and sprinklers. ELECTRICAL — Main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans, and light fixtures.
APPLIANCES — Dishwasher, range, oven, built-in microwave, garbage disposal, and smoke detectors.
GARAGE — Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, lights, exterior,windows, receptacles, and roof.
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