Previously, we discussed some things that weren’t generally covered by home inspections. It’s important information, since you don’t want to be caught flatfooted because you had different expectations for what things were going to be inspected. Of course, that also begs the question of what actually is covered by a home inspection.
Heating and Cooling Systems
Your home’s heating and cooling systems play an important role in keeping things comfortable at any time of year and in almost any weather. The unfortunate reality is that these systems deteriorate over time, especially if they haven’t been regularly maintained. When a home inspector visits, these systems are one of the things that will be looked at. Your ac unit, furnace, water heater, chimney, and fireplace will all be inspected (assuming you have them and conditions allow) to determine their current condition.
Indoor plumbing is one of the most wonderful conveniences we have today. Can you imagine what life would be like without it? Of course, as convenient as it is, it’s definitely not one of the things you want to see failing. Old, worn pipes are vulnerable to damage and failure, which can result in extensive damage being done to your home. The home inspector will check to see if there are any leaking or damaged pipes. They’ll check to make sure the water’s thermostat is functioning properly, as are any sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers.
It’s hard to imagine life without electricity anymore. With our dependence on technology, most of us would be in a pretty rough spot if the electrical wiring in our homes were to fail. At best, it’s an inconvenience while you try to find an electrician. At worst, you’re looking at a devastating house fire that destroys everything you own. While the inspector isn’t going to be looking at every inch of wiring (remember, they only inspect what is readily available to inspect), they will check to see if things are up to code and the condition of any visible wiring. They’ll also check the fans, light fixtures, circuit breakers, and outlets.
While home inspections don’t actually cover everything in the home, there are still plenty of things that are covered. The home’s HVAC systems, plumbing, and electrical work are just three of the things you can expect a home inspector to look at. Remember, the more you know about the home inspection process, the less likely you’ll be to be caught by surprise by the inspection itself or the results.
The first step in fixing a problem is knowing that it exists. Contact Us to set up an appointment for a home inspection so you know what sort of shape your home is in.