A home inspection is a professional consultation that is performed to determine the condition of a home and its systems through a visual inspection of features that are accessible.
What Happens During a Home Inspection?
A home inspection provides a field evaluation of the installed systems and is done – primarily – through the means of a visual assessment.
The purpose of the inspection is to outline components of the structure that are considered to be unsafe and/or deficient.
The findings of the inspector are documented within a written report that constitutes as a legal document.
If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, you can have a pre-inspection performed prior to a conventional home inspection to find any issues that may be easily fixable.
Here’s our very own Phil Earlywine on Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate performing a home inspection.
“A full home inspection is the best defense against future liability for the seller and the most assured way a buyer can feel comfortable with the home purchase….” – Tony Graham
What Does an Inspector Look For?
When a home inspection is performed, the inspector examines the roof, the exterior of the surface, the overall structure, and the interior regions.
Additionally, the electrical components, the heating and air unit, the plumbing, the ventilation systems, the insulation, and the vapor barriers of the structure are also evaluated.
What to Do During a Home Inspection?
If you are committed to passing the home inspection, you should do the following:
- Be certain that the roof of your home and the foundation are in optimal shape. If you have any doubts about the condition of these components, enlist the services of a contractor for an evaluation prior to the home inspection. If issues are found, correct them immediately.
- Be certain that the roof has a properly working drainage system installed. If drainage is an issue, it could result in damage to the foundation of the home. All downspouts installed should be at least 3×4 inches and the water drainage areas should be in a position that allows the water emitted to go away from the structure.
- Evaluate the floors in your home. They should be even, solid, and have no visible cracks or other issues. If there are problems with your flooring, you should ensure that you have those issues resolved prior to the home inspection.
- The electrical components of your home will be evaluated during the home inspection. You should hire a professional electrician to check this system before the home assessment. This professional will check for faulty wiring, circuit breaker issues, fixture problems, and other complications. If any issues are found, resolve them immediately.
- Next, be sure to update and properly maintain your heating and cooling system – be it a furnace, a heat pump, a central air conditioner, or a boiler.
- Insulation is another aspect of a home inspection. You want to be certain that your home has the proper amount of insulation and outside air is not entering the home inappropriately.
- Finally, you should carefully inspect the interior and exterior areas of your home. If you see any type of damage or issue that could result in detrimental marks on your home inspection, you should take the time to correct those problems immediately.
If you need assistance in preparing for a home inspection, you may contact our team today by calling: 765-259-0043