A home inspection is one of the most nerve-racking rituals in the homebuying process. It’s also one of the most misunderstood.
While it is a thorough examination it’s important for buyers to realize there are some things that a home inspection does not include.
- A pass-fail grade. Many buyers are under the assumption that their inspector will give them a thumbs up or thumbs down. Real estate advice is not included in a home inspection.
- A warranty or guarantee. Inspectors are looking at the home at a specific point in time. They can provide an estimate on the useful life of a system or appliance, but they can’t tell you when a plumbing leak will happen.
- Checks on what they can’t see. Inspectors aren’t going to look into wall cavities to check installation but they’ll inspect the visible insulation in the attic.
- Non-standard inspections. A standard home inspection covers the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system, interior plumbing, and electrical systems, the roof, the attic and insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement structural components.
A home inspection not only provides buyers with detailed information about their new home, but it’s an educational experience.