A home inspection is a visual analysis of a home and its surroundings. It is designed to determine the quality of construction and maintenance. The home inspection report is a qualitative description of the major systems of the home and a guide to required repairs and upgrades.
The complete home inspection covers 4 categories or items:
- Items related to the integrity of the structure and the safety of it's inhabitants, e.g. the foundation, framing and electrical systems.
- The systems of the home which require periodic maintenance, e.g. roofing, siding, plumbing, tub enclosures, the heating system and the storm drainage system.
- Cosmetics and interior surfaces, e.g. the condition of the flooring material, counter tops, interior paint, etc.
- Items of specific concern to the purchaser of the inspection, e.g. the need for health related features (wheelchair ramps), hobby related items (an additional 220 volt circuit for a special tool), etc.