Scope of the Inspection

Posted by Jo-Anne Larre on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 11:15am.

The home inspector will provide a visual inspection by looking at the homes various systems, including interior and exterior components. The exterior components include roofing, flashing, chimneys, gutters, downspouts, wall surfaces, the foundation, and the grading around it. Keep in mind that if the inspection takes place in winter, the roof and foundation may not be visible if covered with snow and ice. For safety and insurance reasons, the home inspector is not required to climb up on a roof to examine it but will make all possible efforts to do so. However, the home inspector will inspect the roof from the ground. This also applies to the chimney and downspouts. The inspector may recommend further evaluation if problems or symptoms are found beyond the scope of the inspection.

Interior systems include electrical, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, insulation, flooring, ceiling and wall finishes, windows, and doors. Take note that a home inspector is not qualified to inspect a wood-burning appliance such as a fireplace or wood stove unless they are WETT certified (Wood Energy Technology Training). A WETT inspection is not a part of the standard home inspection, even though many home inspectors are certified. This is a requested service only and will add at least one hour to the inspection time. Also, keep in mind a chimney must first be cleaned to be properly inspected.

As with the outside of the home, the inspection of interior systems is visual, meaning that the inspector will not be able to see behind walls or under the floor.

A proper home inspection does not include appraisals, exact quotes for repairs, or pointing out noncompliance with building code requirements. A home inspection is not intended to provide warranties or guarantees and is not to be mistaken as a warranty on a house. This inspection is intended to help you make a well-informed decision about buying your home.

Stayed tuned for next week’s post about choosing a home inspector!

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