What to Expect in a Home Inspection Report

A home inspection report is a vital tool for prospective buyers. This document details everything that is right (and wrong) with a potential home as well as other vital information. However, for first-time homebuyers, understanding what should be contained in such a report can be confusing.

What should your inspection report contain? What information do you need to look for to ensure that you have a full understanding of what you’re in for should you decide to purchase that home?

Actually, an inspection report will contain a lot of information, but it can all be easily categorized into several distinct areas. What might these areas be?

The Details of an Inspection Report

Before any specifics are mentioned, you must understand that all home inspection reports will vary. There can be drastic variances from state to state or even within the same state. You might also be interested in knowing what your inspection report will not contain.

What to Expect in a Home Inspection Report

First, most home inspectors do not investigate for asbestos, methane, radon, mold, lead, rodent infestation or termites.

These are broad guidelines and it’s possible that some locales will require some or all of these inspections, but many do not. If you need these services, ask your inspector if he or she offers them.

Next, an inspection report will focus on structural elements of the home, such as the foundation, the walls, the roof, the ceilings and the floors.

These are important areas, and their condition can give the inspector clues about problems with the home.

Exterior Evaluation Included

The inspection report will also include an exterior evaluation of the home, including the plot on which the home rests, any landscaping concerns, the driveway condition, windows and other important features.

A home inspection report should also include specific information about the roof and attic, such as ventilation, insulation, roof construction and gutter condition. Plumping is also noted on a report, as are integral systems within the home, such as the HVAC system, ductwork, the fireplace/chimney and the water heater.

A good home inspection report will also include information about electrical concerns, problems with existing appliances and the condition of the garage. Make sure that your report also lists health and safety issues found within the home, as well as any drainage problems found in or around the home.

Contact Invest Wise to learn more about our home inspection reports.


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