Many times throughout the day we receive phone calls from prospective clients asking us questions about a home inspection. Often, the questions involve the costs associated with the inspection, but as a special tool for consideration, we have found the following questions helpful in directing the client regardless of who they ultimately choose to do the home inspection.

Remember, the home inspection provides an excellent resource for the new home buyer in terms of getting to know their new home. Be sure to look for the following from the actual inspection. This shortlist, provided by US Home Inspections, can help the buyer get the most from their home inspection.

What kinds of things should I be looking to learn from my inspection?

  • Is the house structurally sound, safe, and a healthy place to live?
  • What is the age and current general condition of the roof?
  • Do I know pertinent info about the attic and crawlspace? This would include insulation coverage and thickness, as well as any water penetration issues.
  • Are the heating and cooling systems operating as designed?
  • Are all plumbing fixtures in working order and free of leaks?
  • Do I know the location of the main water shutoff and the predominant piping materials; supply, waste, and venting?
  • What is the location and condition of the electrical service and associated panels, including breaker status?
  • Does the seller have maintenance records they are willing to release?
  • Are the kitchen appliances performing as expected, including operating lights?
  • Should I be concerned about environmental issues, i.e. asbestos, mold, radon, or termites?

While this list is not exhaustive, it provides a good basis for beginning to understand what a general home inspection should reveal.

Never hesitate to ask a potential home inspector to explain what information the home inspection is expected to produce. And never feel uncomfortable asking for references. You’ll want to learn as much as you can about your home inspection company BEFORE the inspection.