What is a Home Inspection

You put an offer down on your future home…the realtor hands you a list of inspectors, or tells you they’ll call their preferred inspector. So what exactly does a home inspection consist of?  Let’s first take a look at the definition of a home inspection.

True Definition:

home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.  The scope of work may be modified by the Client and Inspector prior to the inspection process.

*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.

A Home Inspection Is Not:

home inspection is not a code compliance check.  Items may appear in the report simply for safety reasons, but are in no way labeled as a code violation. 

The home inspection does not uncover hidden defects within the walls.  Items such as plumbing, electrical wiring, structural components cannot be inspected if they are covered up by wall coverings.

Inspection Report

The inspection report gives you all observations found by the inspector.  The report tells what component or system has a problem, what the problem is, what can happen if not fixed, location of the component and what to do about it.

Our reporting style is different than most.  We use this format to make it easy to read, follow, and understand.   Below is a cut-out of what an observation will look like in the report:

sample narrative

Also included in the report are issues observed and deemed as a life-safety concern by the inspector.  Items that maybe reported are railings, steps, balusters, smoke alarms, carbon-monoxide detectors, CSST Tubing, fire extinguishers, outlets that are GFCI protected, old 2-prong outlets- just to name a few.

Once you view your report, it is up to you, our client, to decide what you want to do. Paxton Inspection Services offers a FREE Consultation to discuss all the findings in the report and answer any questions and help guide you in the right direction.


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