When buying or selling a home, a residential inspection will be required. This inspection helps home buyers avoid surprises later on. Any issues are detected and handled before the house closes.
This inspection takes several hours and inspects various areas of the home. If there are issues, the inspector will advise you of how to remedy the situation.
What California Laws Apply?
Residential inspections are heavily regulated under California law. Inspectors must:
- Meet the standard of care for conducting a home inspection.
- Physically examine any pool or spa for drowning prevention.
- Refrain from limiting their liability to the home inspection report’s cost.
What Happens During a Residential Inspection?
A residential inspection is a visual examination of a home. An inspector will assess all the main components of the structure, from the foundation to the roof. These include the following:
The inspector will be looking at the structure of the home. They will assess windows and doors, as well as the siding of the home. Is there any rot, cracks, or other damage?
All electrical components will be inspected, including fixtures, outlets, the heating and air unit, and major appliances.
The inspector will assess the water features of your home, such as the bathroom and kitchen faucets and the water heater.
The interior inspection covers many aspects, including the chimney, attic, basement, skylights, floors, walls, and ceilings.
This covers all the outdoor aspects of the home, including the roof, gutters, fencing, decks, patios, driveways, walkways, landscaping, and proper draining.
What Isn’t Covered?
While residential inspections are fairly comprehensive, they don’t cover everything. For example, a pool inspection will need to be done by someone who is certified with pools. Also, inspections for mold and termites take more time and may be performed by your home inspector at an additional cost.
What If There Are Issues?
It’s likely the residential inspection will uncover some issues. It is rare for a home—even a new one—to have absolutely no problems.
You will receive a report that outlines what was found during the inspection and the repairs that should be made. Keep in mind that water damage, cracks, and damaged fixtures are some of the more common issues.
If you are buying a home, you’ll want to discuss the inspection results with the sellers and the real estate agent. After that, it will be up to the seller to make the repairs or negotiate the price of the home.
Contact Us Today
Make sure the home you’re buying is fully inspected before moving forward. J Bixler Inspections doesn’t just inspect your home; we’ll go above and beyond to ensure everything is safe and up to code, or that you know what isn’t so it can be fixed. Get confidence in your residential inspection. Contact us today to schedule one and get peace of mind.