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What Does a Home Inspection Check?

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home inspectionA home inspector will look at everything.  Home inspectors have a 1,600-item checklist, according to the National Association of Home Inspectors and the average home inspection can take three to four hours – or even more if you have additional inspections, such as termite inspections, included.

Here are just some of the areas checked during a home inspection:

  • Grounds: Standing water, faulty grading, sick or dying trees and shrubs, crumbling paths and walls
  • Structure: Foundation integrity, rotting or out-of-plumb window and door frames
  • Roof: Defects in shingles, flashing, and fascia; loose and hanging gutters; defects in chimneys and skylights
  • Exterior: Cracks or rot; dents or bowing in vinyl; blistering or flaking paint; adequate clearing between siding and earth
  • Window, doors, trim: Rotting frames, peeling caulk, damaged glass
  • Interior rooms: Water-stained ceilings, adequate insulation, and sufficient heating vents
  • Kitchen: Proper venting, no leaks under the sink, and cabinet doors and drawers operate properly
  • Bathrooms: Toilets flush properly, showers spray, and tubs are securely fastened
  • Plumbing: Drains flow properly; water has proper temperature and pressure
  • Electrical: Proper electrical panels and working light switches and outlets

Home inspections are non-invasive, meaning your home inspector will not be breaking into walls or under tile floors, for example, to be able to inspect what lies beneath or within.

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