Setting the Expectations Right: What Clients Must Expect from a Home Inspection


A home inspection essentially involves a knowledgeable professional working with you to point out possible issues you or your real estate agent might not notice prior to buying the property. When you’re purchasing a home, a meticulous home inspection can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected home repairs.

To avoid disappointments and to make sure you get the kind of service you deserve, here are the things you must expect in a home inspection service.

What does a home inspector do?

It takes two to three hours or more for a home inspector to perform a thorough walk-through of the house you’re going to purchase. He checks and evaluates the physical structure, electrical systems, and mechanical systems. Among the things to inspect are the floors, doors, roof, ceilings, windows, and walls. The inspector also takes a look at the heating and cooling system and plumbing. The service also includes checking the basement and the attic.

The home inspector will comment on everything he notices as you walk through each part of the house. He will also take pictures of the problem areas as a documentation procedure.

At the end of the inspection, the inspector will provide you with a detailed written report. It contains notes, checklists, and photos, as well as estimates the remaining life of major systems and equipment, plus the finishes, roof, and structure. A good report also includes recommended repairs and replacements.

What isn’t included in the home inspector’s job?

While home inspectors are expected to be very meticulous and to provide details on their reports, they can only do so much when it comes to issues that cannot be seen on the day of inspection. Don’t expect them to find hidden pests or the presence of toxic substances such as asbestos. Other specialists are trained to do that job, such as structural engineers and geologists.

With the help of an inspector, you’ll learn much about your prospective home and find out if this property is worth buying.