What will a good home inspector tell you?

A good home inspector should conduct a thorough evaluation of the home and report deficiencies and make recommendations concerning repair or replacement to the prospective buyer.

Conducting a home inspection is an essential step in the process of purchasing a home. Purchasers should employ the services of a good home inspector to conduct the inspection for two primary reasons. Home inspectors often evaluate aspects of a house that home purchasers would not consider and they offer an unbiased opinion concerning the condition of the home.

Licensed home inspectors should typically evaluate the home based on the requirements of the building codes in the jurisdiction in which they practice. Any licensed inspector should, at a minimum, report any aspects of the home that do not conform to the building code. High quality home inspectors should assist the prospective purchaser in a detailed and thorough inspection and evaluation of the house.

A good home inspector will not tell you anything that he does not show you. Good home inspectors should allow the prospective purchaser to attend the home inspection and observe the areas of the home that are inspected. A good home inspector will conduct a thorough investigation of the condition of the house, but will also serve as a sort of tour guide for the purchaser. The inspector should allow the purchaser to ask questions regarding the condition of certain features of the home and should also discuss potential problem areas with the major systems in the house.

A quality home inspector will investigate the foundation and internal structure of the house. The inspector should point out any potential problems with the foundation, floors, sub-floors, and wall studs. A good inspector should notify the purchaser of the condition of these items and relay observable problems such as foundation cracking or termite damage. The inspector should allow the purchaser to observe the areas of the foundation and internal structure that could be problematic. If the home has a basement, the inspector should report observable leaking and water damage to the basement. He should also discuss the potential causes of the problems he observes, the likelihood of future problems, and the potential costs of repair.

A quality home inspector should also evaluate and report on the major utility systems in the home. The inspector should evaluate the electrical system. This evaluation should include visual inspection the connections inside the fuse or breaker box, as well as visual inspection of the wiring of the home. The inspector should also test the outlet and switches to ensure that they are operation and should list the location of ground receptacles and ground fault circuit interrupters. A quality inspector should also operate the heating and cooling system of the home and measure the temperature at which air is delivered through the vents. He should also note any problem areas or potential fire hazards within the electrical system of the home.

The inspector should also assess the water delivery and drainage systems of the house. He should fill sinks and bathtubs to the test the water pressure and drain the sinks and bathtubs to inspect the drainage systems of the home. The inspector should conduct a visual inspection of the water pipes and drain pipes with the water running and draining. He should report any water pressure, drainage, or ventilation problems, as well as any leaks in the water delivery system.

Quality home inspectors should also report on various other aspects of the home, including the condition of the home exterior, the functionality of the windows, doors, and appliances, and the condition garages or sheds not attached to the home.

A quality home inspector should also make recommendations concerning any of the problematic features of the home. Home inspectors generally will not recommend that you not purchase a home because of observable defects, but they should discuss steps that should be taken to remedy problems in the house. A good inspector should make recommendations concerning repair or replacement of defective areas in the house.

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