WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
Inspectors typically do not provide warranties or guaranties with their inspections and reports. Buyers should therefore not rely on the inspection as any form of insurance policy against any latent, hidden, concealed or future defects and deficiencies.
The standard home inspector's report will review the condition of the home's heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
The following are also some key items that buyers should remember and consider when reviewing their inspection reports:
1. Inspections are not code compliance evaluations.
2. Inspection reports are not structural engineering reports.
3. Systems and components that are off during the inspection are not tested or reactivated.
4. Buyers should consult with and ask questions of owners and their representatives.
5. Roof inspections and their components are typically done from street level with binoculars.
6. Reports are confidential and are meant exclusively for buyers, and not brokers or owners.
7. Inspectors typically will not find each and every defect in a building; hence buyers should anticipate future typical defects and deficiencies.
8. Further evaluation by specialists is recommended for any areas showing defects/deficiencies.
A final walk-through inspection should be carried out the day before passing by the new owners to double check the condition of the building.