What does the home inspections entail?

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There are four basic steps to the home inspection. 

First, the inspector arrives at the property, makes general introductions and both explains what is going to take place and asks about any special questions or requests. 

Next, while the inspection agreement is being reviewed, the inspector will make a quick circuit of the property to size up the scope of the inspection. 

Then, there will be an in-depth walk-through inspection with the client.  This involves inspecting all visible areas and reviewing all accessible items and areas, including the heating system, central air conditioning system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic space and all visible insulation, the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, basement or crawlspace area, and the foundation and all visible structural components.  Any questions or items of special interest regarding a particular system or structural component are usually addressed at this time. 

Finally, a check of the entire property is made to verify that the condition of the property is the same as when the inspection started.  After this last circuit, the inspector will complete the hard copy of the inspection report.  All deficiencies and maintenance recommendations will be noted and a recap of deficiencies will be entered onto the summary sheet for the client.

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Kenton Shepard

Home inspectors should be members of a professional home inspection organization such as NACHI or ASHI and the insepction report should adhere to that organization's  Standards of Practice.

Beware of unafilliated inspectors. In addition to standards which help ensure that reports meet mimimum guidelines, these organizations provide training and educational opportunities and ongoing education is a requirement of membership.

Mar 10, 2007 03:53 PM #1
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

There are many "moving parts" that go into the purchase of a home.  Each with their own costs.  The inspection is a critical component!

Jan 20, 2011 11:26 PM #2
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