What Happens During a Home Inspection?
The purpose of a home inspection is to provide the client with information about the condition of inspected systems and components at the time the home inspection occurs.
The home inspector will show you where your main plumbing is, your AC valves, pressure relief valve is, as well as where your gas shut-off is. During this inspection every major appliance within the home will be inspected such as:
- Duct Work
- Garage Door Openers
Other main areas that will also be checked include:
- Hot Water Heaters
- Damage to interior/exterior walls
- Rooftops, when accessible and weather conditions permit
- Subareas, when applicable and accessible
This inspection comes with a written report that the client will receive the next business day. This report will be broken down into health and safety issues, items that need repair, and normal maintenance items.
What Comes after a Home Inspection?
The inspection report will begin with a summary page, or multiple summary pages. The first section of the summary will include health and safety issues printed in red. The second section will include items that need repair or replacement that you may need a contractor for. The third section will cover normal maintenance items such as caulking around tub spouts, and caulking around toilets.
Following the summary will be a full report of what the home inspector reviewed and what issues were found. The report will include pictures of any issues found as well as normal maintenance for the house such as where to turn off the gas. Every picture will come with an explanation of what the issue was or where it was located as well as what our home inspectors suggest to deal with it.
How Can You Prepare for a Home Inspection?
- Secure all animals that may be uncomfortable with strangers.
- Provide inspectors with access to the entire exterior of your home, including decks, patios, and outbuildings.
- Clear approximately 2’ around the interior perimeter of the garage to allow inspectors access to the entire facility. Built-in storage containers do not need to be removed.
- Open all window coverings - such as blinds and curtains
- Provide access to every room, including closets, subareas and storage areas
- Make sure the sub-area and attic access points are located and accessible.
- Clear any debris from your roof and gutters
- Replace furnace filters
- Double check your doors and cabinets to make sure they are working properly
Home inspections don’t have to be intimidating if you remember to keep up proper maintenance on your home. For more information on how to schedule your home inspection please click here.