Home Inspection Process – What to expect

Home Inspector pictureYou have found the home of your dreams!  Awesome!  Next comes the home inspection.  This can cause first time home buyers stress wondering “what if”, but relax, a home inspection is a normal part of the home buying process and you will get through it!  Here are some things to expect:

The home inspection is basically an objective examination of the physical structure and systems of the home from the roof to the foundation.  The buyer generally pays for the inspection.  The process can take 2-4 hours depending on the size of the home.  The inspection can also include tests for the presence of radon, mold, termite/carpenter ants, and possible septic system inspection.

The purpose of the inspection is to notify the buyer of the conditions that exist that could NOT be seen during your initial visits to the home.  The inspector is there to discover items you can’t see or know about without further inspection by a professional.

A general checklist of a Home Inspection Checklist items that will be covered are:

*Structural:  This includes walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation.

*Exterior:  Grading, drainage, siding, trim, fascia, windows, gutters, driveway and walkways, patios and decks.

*Roof and Attic: Framing ventilation, insulation, age and type of roof, flashing and any evidence of leaks.

*Plumbing: This includes toilets, sinks, faucets, pipe material, showers/tubs, any evidence of leaks, and water pressure will also be checked.

*Electrical: Main panel, circuit breakers, type of wiring, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures.

*Systems and Components: This would include hot water heater (age and condition, furnace, duct work, chimney and fireplace, central air (depending on the weather).

*Appliances: Range and oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, built-in microwave.

*Garage: Walls, slab floor, garage doors and electric door openers.

Once all of these areas are inspected, you will receive a detailed report within a few days of inspection.   Remember, no house is perfect.  As the buyer, you might decide to ask the seller to fix certain things, or instead, give you a credit at closing so you can fix them with your own service providers.  Remember, there is always a solution for every problem!   Enjoy your new home!

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