A home is the biggest purchase most people will ever make, and a home inspection is always recommended before buying a home. It's important to realize the condition of your investment, as well as anticipate hidden costs.
A large part of surviving the home inspection is understanding what to expect from a home inspection in general. Here’s some helpful info and an infographic that shows you what’s covered in a typical home inspection.
This includes the condition of:
The roof coverings
Roof penetrations and the general structure
2. Attic, Insulation & Ventilation
The home inspector will look at the insulation and ventilation of unfinished spaces, including:
Flashing & Trim
Patios & decks
4. Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure
Indication of water penetration
The condition of the cooling system, location of thermostat, energy source and the type of cooling system you have in the home.
The condition of the heating system, location of thermostat, energy source and the type of heating system you have in the home.
The home inspector will inspect:
The visible portions of the fireplace & chimneys
Cleanout doors & frames
Plumbing tends to get the most attention due to the impacts a water penetration can have on a home. The home inspector will check:
Main water & fuel supply shut-off valves
Interior water supply
Waste & vent systems
This section includes:
The service drop (where the electrical company connects to your home)
Service head and mast
The presence of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
10. Doors, Windows & Interior
This includes a representative number (some inspectors check all) of:
The garage door and openers
Your home inspector will deliver findings from all of these areas in a home inspection report. Depending on which home inspection software they use, it may look different than a Spectora sample home inspection report. Regardless, you should have high-quality images and descriptions that help you work with your real estate agent to negotiate fixes and/or concessions from the seller.