A home inspection is an important process that helps prospective home buyers identify potential issues with a property before making a purchase. Here are the 5 most important things that should be examined during a home inspection:
Structural integrity: This includes examining the foundation, walls, roof, and framing of the house to ensure that they are structurally sound and free from any damage or significant wear and tear.
Electrical systems: An inspection of the electrical system will check for any issues with the wiring, outlets, service entrances, and electrical panels. This is important for safety reasons, as faulty electrical systems can cause fires or other hazards.
Plumbing: A home inspector will check for any leaks, damage, or issues with the plumbing system, including the water heater, pipes, and fixtures.
HVAC systems: The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems should be checked to ensure that they are in good working condition and not in need of repairs or replacement.
Roof systems: even though the roof coverings may appear to be new, there are several systems to be inspected with a roof. Ventilation, structure, and flashing must be done correctly to ensure a 50 year roof lasts 50 years and not 20!
Other systems include decks, exterior and interior finishes, fireplace inspections, and safety systems. An appropriate inspection should take about two and a half hours when properly done in a diligent manner. You should never hire a General Contractor for a home inspection, it is against business professions code and is considered a conflict of interest by nature. A true home inspector has no interest in the outcome of the inspection!