The purpose of the home inspection is to discover “hidden defects” about the property you may not see or notice while looking at it and deciding to make an offer.
Most home inspectors do not like the potential buyer to be present until the last 30 minutes where they can give an overview of any issues that will be in the final report. When buyer’s are there through the entire inspection, the home inspector is often interrupted, may forget something, and it also increases the amount of time it takes to do the inspection. Home inspections usually take between 2 – 4 hours depending on the size of the home and the inspector. Often times the home inspection report will recommend additional evaluations by other specialist like a chimney company, roofing evaluation to determine remaining life of a roof, a pest inspection if there are signs of rodents or wood destroying insects, or HVAC evaluation of the heating system. In addition, any structural issues would be referred to a structural engineer for additional recommendations and evaluation.
Home inspections provide in depth reports on the condition of the following categories.
- Structural Components
- Plumbing System
- Electrical System
- Heating and Central Air conditioning
- Insulation and Ventilation
- Built-in Kitchen Appliances
I’ll be posting and showing examples about a variety of issues that come up on inspections.