A General Home Inspection: What Does It Cover?

Are you currently in the market to purchase a home? If so, there are a lot of things that factor into finding the perfect one. You need to pre-qualify for a loan. You need to find a reputable real estate agent. And when you do happen to find a house that you really like, you also need to have it inspected so that you can make sure that it’s in good condition.

When it comes to the home inspection, if you’re curious to know what the process actually entails, here are five things that a thorough house inspection covers.

The exterior. No one wants to move into a house that doesn’t have great curb appeal. For this reason, one of the first things that is looked at during a home inspection is the exterior of the home. This would include things like the landscaping, the driveway, the fence, the condition of the brick or siding and also the condition of the outer part of the windows and doors too.

The structure. There are some people who can tell you real horror stories about moving into a house that they didn’t realize had structural damage (this is one of the biggest reasons why hiring a professional house inspector is so important). The structure of a home includes the foundation, the roofing along with the ceilings and walls. If there are any red flags found with any of these things, the repairs are usually pretty costly. You would be better off looking for another house.

The electrical. Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a house that doesn’t have electricity? Well, it’s pretty much just as bad to live in a home that has faulty wiring too. That’s why the electrical system of a home is also checked out. This would consist of the main panels, the circuit breakers, the founding, the light fixtures and even the ceiling fans.

The plumbing. Every house needs plumbing. According to most real estate agents, if you are looking at a home that has questionable electrical or plumbing issues, you shouldn’t make an offer. That’s because those problems tend to be pretty significant. That said, when it comes to plumbing, the condition of the pipes, along with the sinks, showers and toilets are all included in a house inspection. However, it is important to take note that a sewer inspection is separate (although you should definitely have one of those too).

The appliances. If you were to read an article that provided you with tips for energy saving inside of your home, one of the things that it would probably mention is to purchase appliances that have an Energy Star label on them. However, whether a house has those kinds of appliances or not, appliances are always a part of a house inspection. That’s what will let you know if things like the refrigerator, stove and air conditioning unit are all in great working order or if it’s time for them to be replaced. For tips on how to find a good house inspector in your area, visit ASHI.org and put “how to find a house inspector” in the search field.

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