Home inspections are an essential part of the home buying process, but what constitutes a thorough inspection and how do you find the right professional to do the job?
A general inspection is meant to identify structural or systemic problems in a home:
Construction: Condition of walls, ceilings, floors, foundation, insulation, and roof.
Electrical: Wiring, grounding, main panel, circuit breakers, light fixtures, and exhaust and ceiling fans.
Plumbing: Toilets, showers, sinks, faucets, and traps. Check condition and identify materials used for potable, drain, waste, and ventilation pipes.
Systems: Water heater, furnace, air conditioning, duct work, fireplace, chimney, and sprinklers.
Appliances: Dishwasher, range and oven, refrigerator, garbage disposal, washer, and dryer.
Garage: Slab, walls, ceiling, garage door, and firewall.
Exterior: Siding and trim, doors, windows, lights, gutters, driveways, fences, sidewalks, landscaping, and drainage.
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