Scope of the Inspection
A home inspection is intended to provide information about the condition of the home’s systems and components at the time of the inspection.
The home inspector will do a visual inspection by looking at the home’s various systems, including interior and exterior components. The inspector will check exterior components including roofing, flashing, chimneys, gutters, downspouts, wall surfaces, windows, doors, the foundation and the grading around it.
Note that, if the inspection takes place in the winter, the roof and the foundation may not be fully visible for inspection if they are covered with snow and ice. For safety and insurance reasons, the home inspector would not typically climb up on a roof covered with snow or ice. However, the home inspector will inspect the roof from the ground or other vantage point. This also applies to the chimney and downspouts.
The interior systems that the home inspector will check include electrical, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, insulation, flooring, ceiling and walls, windows and doors.
The average length of an inspection takes 3 hours (or longer) depending on the size and condition of the property. We encourage and recommend the attendance of the homebuyer(s) as well as their real estate agent so we can discuss issues that may arise during the inspection. It is an excellent opportunity to learn more information about the home and become familiar with utility and safety operating controls and locations.
It also allows for the opportunity to ask specific questions and address any immediate or future concerns. Although pictures and descriptions are provided in our report, it is often beneficial to have a first-hand account of the current and potential property issues.
Your home inspection is an education. It’s an experience.
As with the outside of the home, the inspection of the interior systems is visual, meaning the inspector will not make openings to inspect behind walls or under the floor. It is not a good idea to conduct an inspection at night, since a number of the very important components of the exterior of the house cannot be seen properly.
If problems beyond the scope of the inspection are found, the home inspector may recommend further evaluation.
Typically, a home inspection does not include appraisals or quotes for repairs and does not determine compliance with regulatory requirements. A home inspection is not intended to provide warranties or guarantees about the condition of the house or how well it works.
The home inspector will not make the buying decision for you. An inspector can provide you with the information you need to help make an informed purchase decision.