What Home Inspectors Look for and What They May Miss
Whether you are buying a new home or looking at selling your current home, a home inspection will take place in your near future. Many home inspectors work independently and may not be directly associated with a property management company, home builder, or even agents or brokers themselves.
Remember that home inspectors are independent contractors licensed by their state of origin. Many, however, also belong to trade organizations with additional governing policies. Ask your home inspector what organizations they belong to. Depending on which ones, buyers may receive dire consequences because of choosing a poor home inspector.
What a Home Inspector Should Look For
The grounds – This may include proper drainage from the exterior of the home, which should spawn searching for leaking faucets or septic tanks that create standing water.
Structural Damage – This pertains directly to the overall structure. Anything from fascia board issues, to bowed walls, and window/doorframes that may not appear directly square.
Exterior – Siding, paint, the roof whether tile or shingles and any issues that may be had here. Some inspectors classify the roof as a primary part of the structure, but it’s still exterior so we’ve just put it here for you.
Interior – Everything inside of your home. Walls, floors, ceilings, light switches, circuits, exhaust fans, heating, and cooling systems, ductwork, etc. There is a lot here, but also a standard part of the home inspection process.
Plumbing & electrical – Unless you’re a regular DIY homeowner, you shouldn’t have had any issues here. As a homeowner, you should have noticed whether light isn’t getting power or a toilet isn’t flushing. Either way, inspectors do look for plumbing issues around the water pumps, a water test, and any clearly visible pipes.
What a Home Inspector May Not Report On
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), for example, does not require inspectors to check for wood-destroying organisms or diseases harmful to humans, including molds or mold-like substances. Subsequently, inspectors will offer services to check for these things, an additional fee.
In closing, home buyers can save thousands of dollars and significant heartache by using a home inspection checklist and choosing to work with an honest, trustworthy and transparent home inspector, prior to closing the deal on a new home.
When you’re in process of selling your home, you should know that a home inspection is coming. We suggest taking notes and keeping tabs on the buyer home inspection process to ensure your home is fairly inspected to maintain its current value.