A home inspection is a comprehensive visual examination of the home's structure and working systems. It should cover the exterior building envelope, all accessible structural components from the foundations to rooftop and includes basic testing of the bathrooms, plumbing, heating, electrical and ventilation systems. A home inspection will reduce the risk of having to deal with unexpected defects in a house. You will gain knowledge and familiarity with the house and determine whether or not it meets your expectations.
A home inspection should cover the following:
- Foundations and crawl space
Garage or Carport
Exterior walls and windows
Doors, porches and decks
Roofing, gutters and skylights
Chimneys and masonry
Attic, ventilation and insulation
Kitchen and bathrooms
Plumbing and domestic hot water systems
Abandoned fuel oil tanks
You should be present, at least for part of the home inspection review any observations, and to answer any resulting questions or concerns.