A typical home inspection covers various areas of a residential property and includes the following:
- Roof: The assessment will include the condition of the roof and signs of damage, leaks and wear.
- Foundation: The foundation will be examined for cracks, shifts or settling, which could indicate structural problems.
- Exterior: Exterior walls, windows, doors and siding will be examined for signs of damage, wear or defects.
- Interior: Interior walls, ceilings, floors, doors and windows will be assessed for signs of damage, wear or defects.
- HVAC: Includes the examination of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and ductwork.
- Plumbing: Plumbing systems will be evaluated, including the water supply, drainage and waste systems and look for leaks, clogs or other issues.
- Electrical: An assessment of the electrical system will be completed, including the main panel, circuit breakers, outlets and switches and look for any safety hazards.
- Appliances: The condition and function of appliances that are included with the home will be checked, such as stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and garbage disposal.
- Attic: The attic will be examined for proper ventilation, insulation and signs of leaks or damagae.
- Basement: An assessment of the basement will be completed to check for water intrusion, leaks and signs of moisture as well as evaluate the condition of walls, floor and foundation.
After the inspection a report will be provided outlining the findings, including any issues or defects found during the inspection. This report can be used by the home buyer to negotiate repairs or pricing with the seller.