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Which areas should be Covered in Home Inspection?

The sole aim of doing the home inspection is to decide the state of a home during the time of inspection. The inspection report is normally used to know the value in case it is to be sold and provides a chance of negotiating repairs and prices which may be needed.

There are several types of inspection services. Interested buyers can ask for an inspection in a home they want to buy. Home sellers can also have their home inspected to know and fix any issues before they can put their home up for sale. There is the phased inspection which is done when a house is being constructed or when it is undergoing different phases of construction. If a house is still under a builder’s warranty, a warranty inspection is carried out 11 months after commencement of construction.

Appliances, air and heating conditioning, plumbing, electrical, roofing and structure are the areas to be inspected when a home inspection is taking place. The items that are accessible and visible are the only ones that an inspector is supposed to inspect. If a building has two-storey roofs, it is deemed inaccessible hence inspection takes place from the ground. It is illegal for a home inspector to do an invasive inspection. The contents in the ceiling or the walls should not be accessed by a home inspector. The condition of a home can be know using the latest inspection methods such as thermal imaging used by professional home inspectors.

Medical care clinicians and home inspectors are somehow similar the only variance is the prohibition of home inspectors to do any repairs or work on the houses they conduct an inspection. Basic medical doctors will send their patients to experts for more detailed treatment and examination. If a property is warranted, home inspectors will send their clients to specialists. A client will be protected by the law that prohibits the home inspectors from working on the house they inspect. The protection is to relieve the client’s of any worries that they will be asked to pay money for repairs.

The house and the garage are the only areas that a standard home inspection should cover. Out buildings, septic, wells, lawn sprinklers, hot tubs and pools are not included in a normal home inspection. Inspection of out building, septic, wells, lawn sprinklers, hot tubs and pools will add extra costs. In some cases to do these inspections the inspector must undergo licensing after additional training.

A home inspector is only supposed to inspect and produce a report. They should not make any recommendations on any repairs. They are also not allowed to give their opinion on if a house is to be sold or not.

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