A Pre-Purchase home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property that is for sale, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by the Standards of Operating Procedures that are both observed and deem material by the inspector. The scope of the work may be modified by the client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.
In a general sense, the Inspector will look at the exterior to make sure everything is good. The exterior of the house needs to be sealed up, so wind, moisture, birds, bats, and other insects can’t infiltrate the home. The site around the house, needs to be sloped away from the home, along with making sure trees and landscaping does not touch the home. He/She will also look at the driveway/walks/patio/decks to make sure they are in good condition as well.
Then the Inspector will move indoors to look at everything he can visually see on the interior. Here is a list of some of the items that may be checked:
- Lighting/Ceiling Fans
- Visible HVAC Components
- Electrical System
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Attic Space (if accessible)
Here are a few things to remember of what a Home Inspection is NOT:
- A code compliant inspection – Home Inspectors do not do code inspections on a home inspection.
- A decor inspection. A home inspector does not care about the colors the walls are painted or the style of drapes covering the windows.
- A Warranty that covers anything we cannot see behind the walls. We are not superman with X-ray vision. Thermal Imaging Cameras cannot see through walls.
By having your dream home inspected by an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector, you will have a good idea of what is good about the home, and what items will need to be repaired or replaced right away, or down the road. Big ticket items like an old roof or plumbing problems should be negotiated with the seller.
Paxton Inspections report is easy to navigate and understand what need to be repaired or replaced. If you would like a sample report, email us now.
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*The home inspection is based on the observations made on the date of the inspection, and not a prediction of future conditions.
*The home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection