Home inspections generally vary across states, cities, and countries. For example, home inspections in California may be different in scope when compared to home inspections in New York. Inspections in the US may differ from inspections in the UK. However, any home inspector is supposed to disclose and submit reports about specific and general areas of the house.
Home buyers, particularly the first timers, might not be able to fully decipher and understand home inspection reports. Many buyers have a hard time figuring out what types of defects should be treated as serious. If you are wondering whether your home inspector have checked the essentials, this checklist should help you determine if the important aspects and areas of the home have been inspected.
Structural elements – The home inspector should run a report about the current condition of the walls, the floors, ceilings, roof, and even the foundation of the house. These elements are necessary in making sure the overall structure of the home is ensured and made secured.
Exterior evaluation – If the interior of the house is provided with utmost priority, care should also not be missed in inspecting the outside of the home. In exterior evaluation, check if the home inspection report covers wall covering, grading, driveways, sidewalks, landscaping, windows, fascia, fences, drainage, elevation, trim, exterior receptacles, and lights.
Plumbing – The inspection report should identify and report the condition of pipe materials used in waste, drain, portable, and vent pipes. The report might not include a comprehensive sewer inspection, but it should cover areas like showers, faucets, toilets, sinks, and traps.