INSPECTION DAY: What gets inspected?

You're to the point where you have your offer in, contingent of the home inspection, and now it's the big day; INSPECTION DAY! As a seller, you want to make sure your property is thoroughly prepared to be evaluated and you have addressed any concerns prior to this day. As a buyer, this is a VERY exciting time for you. 

So, now it's time to go through the inspection and get the report that'll detail what you're getting yourself into. The inspection usually takes 2-4 hours depending on the size, and we ask buyers to be there for the last 30 minutes of the inspection. But, what do inspectors actually inspect? 

Here are 9 things inspectors report back on:

1. ROOFING

The home inspector will look at the roof covering, drainage, flashing, proof penetrations, the skylight, chimney and and look for any signs of leaking or condensation.

2. INSULATION AND VENTILATION

They'll look for vapor retarders and insulation in attics, crawlspaces and other unfinished spaces, ventilation of foundation and attic, venting in kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas.

3. PLUMBING

Interior water supply and distribution system, interior drain, waste and vent systems, hot water systems, sump pumps, faucets and fixtures.

4. HOME INTERIOR 

The functionality and condition of walls, ceilings, floors, steps and stairways, balconies and railings, counters, cabinets, doors, windows, and fireplace.

5. ROOMS AND GROUNDS

The condition and to ensure nothing stands out in the living room, garage, kitchen, basement, bathroom, attic, lot and grounds. 

6. ELECTRICAL

Service entrance conductors, voltage and amperage ratings, circuit conductors, operation of installed devices, operation of ground fault circuit interrupters, smoke detector operation. 

7. BUILT IN APPLIANCES

Functionality and safety of permanently installed appliances.

8. STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

Roofs, ceilings, columns, piers, walls, floors, joists, foundations. 

9. HVAC

Heating equipment, operating controls, safety, chimney and flues, solid fuel heating devices, visual heat components, heat sources, central and through the wall cooling systems, and cooling distribution systems. 

Following the inspection, you'll likely receive a report with a thorough review of the condition of the heating system, central air conditioning system, interior plumbing, electrical systems, outlets, roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, gutter/downspout, ventilation, deck structural integrity, fireplace, visible structure and safety concerns. Any recommended repairs, replacements or improvements are clearly documented.

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