Information for
-Home Buyers
-Home Inspectors
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What is included in a
Home Inspection?

The best way to describe your Home Inspector is
to compare him to your family doctor. He will refer
you to a specialist if the problem is beyond the
scope of his knowledge or expertise. For instance,
if your home inspector encounters a structural issue
that he's never seen before, he may refer you to a
structural engineer...someone who is specifically 
trained in that niche.If the inspector is not SURE that
a chimney is safe, he may point you to a chimney
sweep, who is trained to evaluate that particular
component for safety.
Here's what MOST home inspectors will inspect:
  • roof, vents, flashings and trim;
  • gutters and downspouts;
  • skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations;
  • decks, stoops, porches, walkways and railings;
  • eaves, soffit and fascia;
  • grading and drainage;
  • basement, foundation and crawlspace;
  • water penetration and foundation movement;
  • heating systems;
  • cooling systems;
  • main water shut-off valves;
  • water heating system;
  • interior plumbing fixtures and faucets;
  • drainage sump pumps with accessible floats;
  • electrical service line and meter box;
  • main disconnect and service amperage;
  • electrical panels, breakers and fuses;
  • grounding and bonding;
  • GFCIs and AFCIs;
  • fireplace damper door and hearth;
  • insulation and ventilation;
  • garage doors, safety sensors and openers;
  • and much more.

    Different inspectors adhere to different Standards of
    Practice, depending upon which professional inspection
    organization he or she belongs to. When hiring a home
    inspector, be sure to secure a printed copy of the
    Standards of Practice by which your home will be


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