What Does a Home Inspector Do?

December 17, 2019 12:00 am

Magnifying glass looking at a miniature houseOne of the most common contingencies to a real estate purchase is a completed home inspection. Hired by the homebuyer, a home inspector thoroughly examines a house for damages and repairs that may be needed. The home inspector then issues a detailed report, which serves as the basis for whether to continue with the purchase or negotiate the sales price and terms of the contract.

While completing the inspection of the home, the home inspector will check:

Structural Components – Inspectors will examine the foundation of the house as well as the attic space to search for any damage or water leaks.

Roofing – Inspectors will check out the roof for loose shingles or tiles. Gutters are also checked for debris, and drains are tested for a tight seal.

Plumbing – Inspectors will examine pipes, drains, vents and waste systems to ensure they are free of leaks and obstructions.

Electrical – Inspectors will examine wiring, lighting, and other electrical components to be certain they are operating safely. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are also tested to make sure they are working properly.

Heating and Air Conditioning – Inspectors will monitor the home’s heating and cooling systems to guarantee they are in proper working condition. Chimneys are checked for any damages or obstructions that could put the home at risk for fire.

Interior Components – Inspectors will survey interior components of the home such as doors, windows, stairs and flooring to be confident they aren’t damaged.

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