What is a Home Inspection?
What does a home inspector inspect and what does it cost?
A certified home inspector is usually hired by the buyer to inspect a home. The inspection is comprehensive. The home is inspected inside and out. A list of what is inspected is listed below
- Exterior items
- the inspector will check the grade, elevation, and landscaping that could affect the home.
- the inspector will check fences, driveways, and exterior electrical items.
- Roof and any attic areas
- the inspector will evaluate the conditions of the roof, flashing, gutters, as well as the framing of the attic area and insulation, if any in that area.
- the inspector will identify the type of plumbing as well as toilets, shower, tub, sinks, faucets, traps, and overall condition of the plumbing.
- the inspector will identify the types of wiring and check for any grounding issues.
- the inspector will check the outlets, the main panel, and circuit breakers.
- The appliances will also be checked.
- Structural items
- the inspector will also check the walls, ceilings, roof, and foundation to make sure they are structurally sound.
- Major Systems
- the inspector will check the heat, central air systems.
The home inspections costs can vary area to area. The size of the home also affect the costs. However, a home under 3000 sq feet is usually $400 to $600
If a termite, water (when there is a well), septic (on site systems), or radon inspection are desired those are at an additional costs.
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