What is a Home Inspection?

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:

  1. Items related to the integrity of the structure and the safety of it's inhabitants, e.g. the foundation, framing and electrical systems.
  2. The systems of the home which require periodic maintenance, e.g. roofing, siding, plumbing, tub enclosures, the heating system and the storm drainage system.
  3. Cosmetics and interior surfaces, e.g. the condition of the flooring material, counter tops, interior paint, etc.
  4. 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.