A home inspection is an important part of the homebuying process. The inspector will identify any potential problems, such as foundation damage or a leaky roof before you close the deal. This gives you time to negotiate repairs. The inspector will only inspect certain components of the home and not other areas. Although the requirements for home inspections can vary from one state to the next, the following list includes those areas that need professional inspection. You should always be clear about what is and what isn’t included in your home inspection.
Building code violations
A home inspector inspects the structure and mechanics and points out potential dangers or risks. They will not take into account municipal building codes. You must schedule an inspection of the municipal code for property compliance.
A home inspection is merely that, a thorough examination of the primary residence. A home inspection may not include detached structures, such as a shed, barn or garage. It all depends on who you are using and what type of structure it might be. Some companies will inspect detached structures at an additional charge.
A home inspector will perform a visual inspection of the fireplace and chimney. This includes looking for cracks and significant damage, as well as checking for obstructions. You should still consider having a more thorough inspection. A chimney sweep can identify structural problems, verify all components are working properly, check for water penetration and point out excessive creosote which could be a fire hazard.
A standard home inspection does not require that you identify the presence of potentially dangerous materials such as asbestos, lead or radon. A few home inspectors will offer radon testing for an additional charge, but certified professionals must test for asbestos and lead. Both materials were regularly used in home construction through the 1970s. If you’re buying an older home, consider completing a special inspection to find these materials in the house. Mold is another potential concern. Your report will highlight a prominent mold infestation, but any mold found within walls will not. A professional mold test is a worthwhile investment.
A home inspection report may include signs of an infestation such as holes, tunneling and wood damage. However, the inspector will not conduct a complete inspection for rodents or termites. Whi