Residential Home Inspections: Know The Details

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Home Inspector with NextDay Inspect

What Are The Benefits of a Home Inspection?

Buying a home is a significant investment. It’s essential to take the time to find a reputable and trustworthy home inspector before you close on a property. Ever been in a situation where you’ve had to call someone for help, or you’ve been in an accident? If so, you know how terrible it can be to have to deal with those unexpected costs. Having a home inspection done by a qualified inspector can help you save thousands of dollars. It can also give you peace of mind knowing that your home does not have any expensive repairs that could surprise you after moving in.

What Does a Home Inspection Include?

A home inspection is a visual and non-invasive inspection of the interior and exterior of the home. A licensed and trained inspector will evaluate the home’s components and simulate normal operations for these components. The inspector will look at all accessible areas within the home. Furniture and personal belongings are unable to be moved. We recommend coordinating for the property to be prepared by having critical areas accessible before the inspection appointment. These areas are:

  1. Access to the HVAC System
  2. Access to the Water Heater
  3. Access to the Electrical Panel
  4. Access to the Attic Access Hatch
  5. An Empty Dishwasher
  6. An Empty Laundry Washer & Dryer
 
Upon completion of the inspection at the home, the inspector will prepare a detailed inspection report that will contain their findings. The report will include all inspected items and found to be operational and all inspected items found to require repair. There will be a summary at the beginning of the report highlighting the areas of concern.
 
Foundation –  The inspector will evaluate the foundation and grading of the home, looking for proper water discharge and any signs of moisture penetration around the home’s exterior perimeter.
Structure – The inspector will evaluate the condition of the structure of the home, including the exterior materials, looking for loose siding, or damaged bricks and mortar. 
Interior – The inspector will thoroughly evaluate the home’s interior, including everything from the basement to walls and ceilings. The inspector will carefully look at all interior areas to ensure a thorough inspection of the components.
Electrical – The inspector will evaluate the electrical systems, including the main panel looking for any safety hazards. They will also evaluate all light fixtures and electrical outlets accessible in the home.
Plumbing – The plumbing system in the home will be fully inspected, including the kitchen, bathroom, and hot water heater.
HVAC – The heating and air conditioning system will be inspected for proper function and combustion.
Roof – As part of the roof inspection, the attic will be evaluated, and the exterior shingles and flashing on the roof. The inspector will look for any damage or problems that may lead to future concerns, such as clogged or dirty gutters, missing or loose shingles or evidence of past roof leaks on the interior attic sheathing.

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