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What exactly IS a Home Inspection?

  The best way to describe a Home Inspector is to compare him to your Family Doctor or General Practitioner.  A home inspector can make a diagnosis and offer suggestions for fixing the problem, and much like 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 inspected.

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