home buyers 2Most people will get a home inspection before they choose to purchase a home. Home inspections can vary, and for some home buyers, can be difficult to understand. There are certain things that home inspections do not cover.

For example, most home inspectors do not typically check for asbestos, radon, methane, radiation and formaldehyde, wood-destroying organisms, mold, mildew and fungi, rodents or lead. For those issues, you would look for a different, licensed professional.

However, home inspectors do look at a number of potential issues with the home. They will note the condition of anything that is defective or needs service. However, if the condition of an element in the home is in excellent condition, it typically will not be mentioned in the report.

When a home inspector looks at structural elements of the home, they are checking things like the construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation.

Home inspectors will also evaluate the exterior condition of the home. This can include any wall coverings,  the state of the landscaping, grading, elevation, what the drainage is like, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights and any exterior receptacles.

When your plumbing is inspected, it typically will not include a sewer inspection. However, the home inspector generally will look at the condition of all toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and traps. They will also identify and note the condition of pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes.

Your home inspection will generally not include a guarantee of the condition of your roof or any roof certification, but they will inspect the attic and roof and assess the framing, ventilation, type of construction, flashing and gutters.

Appliances can be included in a home inspection. Anything from built-in microwaves, to an oven or dishwasher, and smoke detectors can be identified and inspected.

The home inspector will also typically note the condition of the electrical systems and wiring in the home.

What they are looking for, and what you should be aware of, are any health and safety issues, anything that is likely to malfunction, any deficiencies in the foundation, and any issues with drainage or moisture on the property.

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