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One of the many steps in this major real estate purchase is to have a home inspection on your future home. Home owners cannot afford surprises. Everything may look fine on the surface, but there may be trouble lurking, a qualified home inspector will have the experience and training to provide information that will assist the buyer in making an informed decision. Problems that the seller or the Realtor® may not be aware of become the financial responsibility of the buyer – if they are not corrected prior to the final sale of the house.

What To Expect in a Home Inspection-
During a home inspection, the home inspector will concentrate on the condition and structure of your home and point out observed safety concerns. The home inspection is a visual inspection of the house – home inspectors do not do any destructive testing, nor can they inspect what they cannot see.

A professional home inspector should, at a minimum, inspect the following items:

  • Exterior Home Site
  • Building Foundation
  • Exterior Home Walls
  • Roof Coverings, Flashings & Gutters
  • Roof Support Structure
  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Insulation Quality
  • Garage
  • Electrical
  • Visible Interior and Exterior Plumbing
  • Central Air and Heating System
  • Interior Condition of the Home



For more details regarding what a home inspector will inspect, please see the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. While the Standards provide a minimum guideline for conducting a home inspection, the InterNACHI Code of Ethics sets a standard of professional behavior for members.
Home Inspectors are generalists – they need to know the home’s many systems and components and how they work, both independently and together. In addition, they need to understand why and how the system(s) fail. Consumers should expect a written report to describe the actual condition of the home at the time of the inspection and to provide an indication of the need for major repairs.

What Not To Expect in a Home Inspection

  • Home Inspectors do not do any destructive testing, nor do they have x-ray vision. Consumers should not expect their reports to include the condition of every nail, wire or pipe in the home. The Home Inspector is primarily concerned with pointing out adverse conditions and/or safety-related concerns, rather than small or cosmetic items, which are considered readily apparent to the buyers.
  • A home inspection is not a code compliance inspection and a home inspector will not inspect inaccessible areas of the home. For a detailed outline of what exactly a InterNACHI inspector will inspect, please see the InterNACHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. While the Standards provide a minimum guideline for conducting a home inspection, the InterNACHI Code of Ethics sets a standard of professional behavior for members.
  • In addition, the homebuyer should not expect the inspector’s report to serve as a guarantee that the home’s components will never fail or need repair at some point in the future. No house is perfect – they all need regular maintenance and repair.