If you are buying a house, you are most likely getting a home inspection. Have you ever wondered what home inspectors look for when they come to your future home?
A home inspection is a non-invasive examination of your home that is completed with a detailed report.
This report will show you
- Types of material used throughout your home
- Age of components within the home
- Everything that is not considered to be working properly (this includes damages, faulty systems, etc).
Under each section of this article, you will be able to see photos of an inspection report. The report is easy to read and understand. It breaks down every area of your home in an easy-to-read way.
What home inspectors look for
A home inspector looks at the structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical components of your home. This will give full knowledge of the investment you are about to make.
Below is the opening pages of a sample inspection report.
The first three pages include all the details for the home inspection. This includes
- Picture of the home
- Address of home inspected
- Details of Parker Inspections
- Client information
- Price of inspection
- Any additional notes
A structurally sound home is what most people desire. If there are any faults within the structure, you will want to know about it and get it taken care of as soon as possible.
An inspector will be able to tell you if parts of your home the are a structural issue or normal settlement in your home. These particular indicators may be cracks in your walls or uneven floors
The foundation inspection is the main component of the structural inspection. The type of foundation will be classified and cracks/deficiencies will be noted.
The roof covering and roof structures will be evaluated. This will include shingles, framing of the roof, ventilation, and attic insulation.
Other components that home inspectors looks for:
- Porches, Decks, Carports
Today, the electrical systems plays a large role in our lifestyle. We use electricity to watch tv, charge our phones, and lets us talk with Alexa. It gives us light when we need it and keeps us comfortable when the outside temperature is unbearable.
The service entrance and panels are looked at during a home inspection. The inspector will specify the location, ampacity, and voltage.
Under each component of the electrical systems, you will be able to find out the location and type of conductor used in your home.
Additional components home inspectors look for:
- Ground fault circuit interruptors
- Arc fault circuit interruptors
- Water meter bonding jumper
- Water heater bonding jumper
- Gas meter bonding jumper
- Sub Panels
- Alarm System
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems
The HVAC system within your house allows you to have the best thermal comfort. Although that varies for most people, you probably spend multiple times a day changing the temperature to meet your comfort level.
These systems go together because they are usually interconnected. They allow you to have good air quality by providing sufficient ventilation by filtration.
The heating system will be evaluated. The report will detail the type of system, energy source, brand, and anything deficient within the system.
Next, will be the cooling system. You will find the age, brand, and type of system (gas or electric).
Other components home inspectors look for:
- Duct system
- Air Filtration
There is two main purposes for the plumbing system within your home.
- To carry water into your home
- To get the waste out of your home after use
We use water to wash dishes, go to the restroom, make our favorite pasta, and to keep clean everyday. The last thing you want is for this system to fail.
The report will detail the location of the components. Materials used for this system will be identified. The energy source will also be noted.
Components included within plumbing that home inspectors look for:
- Plumbing supply
- Water heating equipment
- Hydro-message therapy equipment
- Water Treatment
- Water Filtration
The appliances within your home will be inspected. The built-in appliances will be what the inspector looks at. The brand of each appliance will be identified in the report.
Anything out of the ordinary will be noted. This will include leaks, cracks, or power issues.
The components within Appliances home inspectors look for:
- Food waste disposer
- Range hood and exhaust system
- Ranges, cooktops, and ovens
- Mechanical exhaust vents and bathroom heaters
- Garage door operators
- Dryer exhaust systems
- Whole house vacuum cleaner
- Whole house fan
Other systems in the house may be inspected as extra. This would include outbuildings, sprinklers, swimming pool, septic systems, wells, etc. The inspector can look at all of the previous extras for a fee.
So, in short, an inspector looks at everything from the top of the roof all the way down to the ground. A detailed and thorough inspector is what you need when looking into buying a home. The last thing you want is to find out a major problem after buying your home.
Ask for recommendations from people you know, look for reviews, and find out more information from your inspectors website. The more you know, the less surprises you’ll encounter.
A realtor will give you options of inspectors to choose from. Take those top 3 cards and see if any of them ring a bell. These realtors have most likely used each realtor several times.