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What to Cover in Home Inspection

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The sole aim of doing the home inspection is to decide the state of a home during the time of inspection. When an inspection report is presented there is the opportunity to negotiate for repairs and their prices as well as use it to know the value of the property.

There are several types of inspection services. Parties who are interested in buying a home can be requested to have it inspected. There are people who would want to sell their home, so they ask for a home inspection to be told of the faulty places and have them repaired. In phased inspection, this is done when a home is going through various phases of construction or when it is being constructed. Once construction is in the 11th month, then a warranty inspection is done since it is still under the builder’s warranty.

The areas to be inspected during any home inspection includes appliances, air and heating conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roofing and structure. It is the role of an inspector to inspect only the accessible and visible items. If a building has two-storey roofs, it is deemed inaccessible hence inspection takes place from the ground. No home inspector is permitted to do inspections that will be deemed invasive. This means that it is not their role to open ceilings and roofs to decide what is hidden there. Expert home inspectors will add the modern technology like thermal imaging to know the condition of a home.

Home inspectors can be likened to basic care clinicians only that home inspectors are not legally allowed to carry out any works on the houses they do inspection on. Basic medical doctors will send their patients to experts for more detailed treatment and examination. A home inspection expert will only receive a client if they have been referred by home inspectors to do with their property. We discussed that home inspectors are prohibited by law to fix the houses they inspect which is for the client’s protection. Client protection is to cover the client from being extorted of money to do repairs that probably are non-existent.

The house and the garage are the only areas that a standard home inspection should cover. Out buildings, septic, wells, lawn sprinklers, hot tubs and pools are not included in a normal home inspection. More costs will be incurred if these are inspected. The home inspector to quality for such inspections they must be trained additionally and licensed. Click here to learn more.

A home inspector is only supposed to inspect and produce a report. They are not authorised to make any recommendations on repairs. They cannot further advice a buyer on if to buy the house or not. Just call us for more info.