What Does A Home Inspector Do?

When people consider purchasing a home, they may wonder, “what does a home inspector do?” They may even wonder if it’s worth getting a home inspection. Well, it definitely is! Knowing what home inspectors do, and how they can assist you in the home purchase process, is key to understanding just how important home inspections are.

What Do Home Inspectors Do?

Home Buyer Inspection

Home inspectors should inspect homes thoroughly for poorly functioning systems and components and identify various repairs that may be needed. The inspector will provide a detailed report covering the major systems of the home he or she has inspected, which may include foundations, electrical components, HVAC and other areas. Buyers will find this report to be highly useful in deciding whether to purchase the home, not purchase the home, or consult and work with their realtor about modifying their offer.

Home Seller Inspection

Home sellers can also benefit from hiring a home inspector before they put their home on the market. The inspection will identify needed repairs, and without the pressure of contract deadlines, the seller will be able to assemble multiple bids and make better decisions when choosing contractors. Home seller inspections can be extremely valuable and helpful in getting the best price for your property.

Find Existing And Potential Issues

The home inspector is able to see what others do not see, because of their training, experience, and focus. One good example is the roof, which to the untrained eye may appear to be in good condition. A roof is one of the largest components of the home and a very expensive component. Roof coverings that are in poor condition could appear to be good when viewed from the ground, but an inspector may walk the roof and examine it, looking closely at the coverings, flashings, and penetrations for defects. Inspectors who utilize thermal imaging during home inspections can find potential roof leaks that have damaged walls.

Many other components and systems of the home will receive equal scrutiny. The structural components including the foundation, walls, floors, and roof framing are among three important issues a home inspector will look for during their inspection. Other critical areas included in a home inspection are the plumbing system, electrical system, heating and air conditioning systems, interior surfaces, insulation, ventilation, the fireplace and chimney, and the appliances.

The inspector brings a set of skills that the buyer does not have, and is not expected to have. And the inspector will examine a broad range of things that the buyer does not have the time or breadth of expertise to be familiar with. So you, the buyer, after you have found the home that has the size, space, layout, aesthetics and amenities that best serve your needs, get a thorough inspection of the structure, mechanics, and major systems, and a report that will communicate to you all defects and deficiencies identified during the inspection. At that point, you will have the most complete picture possible of the home, on which to base your buying decision.

Learn More About Drake Inspections – Cincinnati Home Inspector

Drake Inspections provides thorough home inspection reports and is a member of InterNACHI. If you are looking for a residential home inspection in Cincinnati, call Drake Inspections today at 513.658.5420 or use our contact form to get more information.

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