Buyer Tips | Home Inspections | What is Covered?

Reblogger Ellie McIntire
Real Estate Agent with Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate 535650

When you are buying a home it is essential that you have a home inspection. Debe Maxwell eloquently details what a good home inspection will entail.

Even if the home is a foreclosure and is sold "As-Is" a buyer needs to have the home inspected to be made aware of what condition the house is in.


Original content by Debe Maxwell, CRS 228209

Buyer Tips | Home Inspections | What is Covered?

Home Inspection Charlotte NCThe home buying process isn’t complete without a home inspection.  Your real estate agent should mention it to you as a very important portion of your real estate transaction.  Your lender may even ask about it, especially if you are obtaining an FHA or VA home mortgage.

Home inspections ARE important.  No matter how much you trust the seller, or even if you're purchasing new construction, there are some things you need to know about your Charlotte home before you purchase it.  While you’re not required to attend the inspection, it’s an excellent idea to do so.  The information that you obtain from the inspector can be vital to the health of your new home.

So that you’ll know what to expect, here are a few basics that a typical home inspection covers:

  • Appliances:  You will know if the appliances are in working order or not, including any and all appliances which convey with the sale of the home.
  • Inspect BEFORE You BuyElectrical:  The inspector will check the main panel, circuit breakers, lights, and outlets to ascertain that they are in working order.
  • Exterior:  An inspector looks for defects on the outside of the home, such as problems with the exterior covering, driveway, landscaping, trim, and even exterior electrical outlets.
  • Garage:  You will know if the floor, walls, vents, entries and controls have any problems that need to be corrected.
  • Plumbing inspection:  General/mechanical inspectors do not check sewer systems, they will be able to tell you if you need to do any work to the toilets, showers, sinks, and faucets (both interior and exterior).
  • Roof and attic:  The roof inspection is not a guarantee of its condition, but you will know what type of roof you have and what condition the roof covering, flashing, vents, and gutters are in or if you need further inspection by a roofing inspector.
  • Structure:  The inspector checks the foundation, ceilings, doors, floors, roof, and wall construction for any defects; he could recommend further inspection by a structural engineer, which is to be done prior to the expiration of your inspection period.
  • Systems:   The inspector will also check the effectiveness of your air conditioner unit(s), duct work, fireplace, and heating system(s).
  • Windows:  Your inspector will confirm that the windows are in working order, including checking for broken seals (hazing in windows), cracked glass, rotten wood trim and sills as well as ascertaining that the windows are operational.

Charlotte NC Home Inspections

A quality home inspector will inspect every nook and cranny to gauge structural stability and both present and potential future dangers.  Remember, a home inspection is not a guarantee or a warranty - the inspector may not find everything - keep in mind that a human is performing the inspection!

No house is perfect, not even a new construction home.  You should expect your inspector to find some issues with the Charlotte home.  If significant problems are discovered, you can ask the seller to repair them, reduce the sale price or you can even back out of the deal without consequences, as long as your contract includes this contingency and you are within those contingency limitations.  Be certain to review with your inspector exactly what they cover.

I’m happy to help you find the right home for you.  Call me today at 704.491.3310 or email me at for more information about the home buying process.


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Alex Morris - Austin Real Estate Agent
Austin, TX

Ellie - sadly, people sometimes don't think the $400 or so is worth it, if they "feel like" the home is pretty good.  We can't count how many slam dunks got swatted at the net by an inspection that uncovered some unforeseen problems.  Great re-blog.

Oct 19, 2010 05:23 PM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Ellie, this was an excellent post, well worthy of a re-blog. The inspection is probably the most important part of the deal. A buyer, especially first timers, don't always have the resources to take care of a home's issues. If they buy blind, and get overwhelmed, it's a distressed property waiting to happen.

Oct 20, 2010 12:45 AM #2
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