A home inspection is a non-invasive visual and functional examination of the structure and components of a home. A home inspector performs a very valuable and important service. Professional home inspectors examine existing homes using professional standards as a measure to accurately report their condition to parties involved in the real estate transaction.

The home inspector does not evaluate the home for cost or value, but reports objectively in writing the condition of the home’s systems as they appear and operate at the time of the inspection.


During a home inspection, the home inspector should inspect all of the major components and systems of your house. Professional and competent home inspectors are fully trained in the proper operation of all commonly found home systems. These systems generally include:

  • Roofing: Coverings, flashings, chimneys, etc.
  • Structural Components: Foundations, floors and walls.
  • Exterior Components: includes Siding paint, windows, decks, garage doors.
  • Insulation and Ventilation: includes Attics, walls, floors, foundations, kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Plumbing: includes Piping, fixtures, faucets, water heating and fuel storage systems.
  • Electrical: includes Wiring, main service panels, conductors, switches, receptacles.
  • Heating: includes Equipment, safety controls, distribution systems, chimneys.
  • Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps: includes Cooling and air-handling equipment, controls and ducting.
  • Interior: includes Partitions, ceilings, floors, railings, doors and windows.

Home inspectors should present the customer with a clearly typed home inspection report, which must conform to the accepted standards of practice for the state the inspection is performed in or the standards of practice of the association that the home inspector belongs to.

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