A home inspection serves as an essential tool to examine the overall condition of a house. Professional home inspectors are trained to catch repair needs in the various areas of a home. They systematically work their way through a house so they can analyze a structure’s integrated parts and make suggestions on what may need attention or repair.
A quality home inspector will spend a significant amount of time examining the overall structure of your home. The foundation, siding, porches, crawl spaces, and roof of a home can hold many secrets. By investigating these areas, a professional is made aware of the underlying structural condition of your home. Questionable rooflines, damaged siding, signs of pests, water damage or leaks, mold, and cracked floors and/or walls are all exposed through a structural inspection.
The main areas that an inspector will examine are the roof, plumbing, electrical, heating and air, and insuring that everything is in good working order.
- Roofing is an essential inspection point, as potential problems on a roof can lead to major interior issues if not dealt with appropriately. Each inspector has his own way of examining a structure’s roof, but all inspectors should be noting loose or missing shingles, overhanging tree limbs, gutter and drain security and durability, and the sturdiness of chimneys, vents, or other structures.
- Plumbing or water leaks can lead to major issues within a home. For this reason, inspectors will perform thorough plumbing exams and check things such as pipes, water pressure, and the water heating equipment. While doing so, inspectors will keep a keen eye out for leaks and mineral deposits.
- Electrical Systems are inspected for proper operation and safety. Typically this includes looking for hazardous wiring, ensuring that there is adequate grounding, testing switches and outlets, and checking that the electrical system is properly wired.
- Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) inspection means looking at a home’s HVAC to ensure it cools and heats properly.
In addition to these areas, many home inspectors will examine a home for ventilation issues, potential threats from the external environment, working appliances, and a general examination of the condition and integrity of interior characteristics such as stairs, cabinets, countertops, and baseboards.
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