What is a Home Inspection? An Inspectors Opinion

By
Home Inspector with Certified Structure Inspector IOS #1730, EA #30

I'm a Inspector in Sparks, Nevada and as a Home Inspector I think many of my clients and many Real Estate professionals would have a hard time describing exactly what a Home Inspection is. There is more to this than the standard description: To determine the property condition.

First off a Home Inspection is technical and complex. What the inspector finds is his opinion based on his training and knowledge so education is important in this field, but the Inspection is not done by an expert it's done by a generalist. Some items needing an expert opinion should be stated as such in the report. It doesn't mean anything is wrong it's just beyond the scope of this Inspection. The Inspection is not technically exhaustive and doesn't involve destructive testing.  The Inspection is not to determine why or how something happened, nor the life expectancy or effectiveness of any system. The Inspector is not there to make repairs.

The Inspector should perform a fair and impartial Inspection with out any outside influences.  The Inspector is there is identify problems using observation.  The inspector is a generalist that observes the condition and operation of the home and its mechanicals. The Inspector will identify various things like shut offs, types of building styles and materials. The Inspector will visually inspect the foundation, roof, exterior, interior, structural, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, insulation, ventilation, built-in appliances and some other areas dependent on the house and inspection type. Since some parts and areas are not always visible the Inspection doesn't include those areas.  The inspector can, if accessible, open any inspection/ access panels or covers.

The Inspector will generate a report based on the observations giving the condition of the property at that exact day and time. These maybe given to the licensed professional used to make the required repairs but it's not intended to be a repair manual.

Comments (4)

Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

I'vw read a couple of inspection reports given by two inspectors.  I look at them as an x-ray of the home at the time but not given by the doctor but the radiologist. 

Mar 13, 2011 03:27 PM
Irina Riley
American Dream Colorado - Woodland Park, CO
GRI, SFR, CNE, e-PRO, SRES

That's why it is important for us as real estate agents to have couple very good inspectors, who won't hide or skip anything and provide honest and complete information about the property. I would rather loose the deal than to have unhappy clients. Thank you for sharing.

Mar 13, 2011 03:28 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Robert - Excellent information and tips on the proper home inspection.

Mar 13, 2011 05:02 PM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

Robert, Thanks for Sharing & Welcome to the Rain! Active Rain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard. If you would like to connect with me on ActiveRain, please subscribe to my blog!

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Mar 17, 2011 05:12 AM