purpose of a home inspection is to give the prospective buyer an understanding
of the physical condition of the structure by conducting a visual inspection
of the home and its systems. The inspector can describe any problems discovered,
explain how and why they occurred, and even make repair recommendations.
on average homes can take two to three hours. The inspector may often
present a pre-inspection agreement to be signed. The inspector should then
give the client an overview of the inspection process and invite the client
to accompany him.
the order may vary, the inspection should include the following: interior
(non-cosmetic); foundation;/ basement; framing; structure; roof; attic;
chimney; kitchen appliances; laundry and bathrooms; plumbing system; electrical
system; heating system; air conditioning system; and garage.
of pools, spas, barns and other outer structures, docks, sea walls, well
flow, wood destroying insects, lawn sprinkler systems, fences, gates, exterior
insulation and finish systems may require additional fees.
inspector may also offer other tests, such as: water, radon, lead, asbestos,
formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and septic. Upon completion of the inspection
the inspector should give the client a summary of what was discovered and
an opportunity to ask questions. The client will then receive a signed
written report of the findings.