Our job is to help you figure out
what you need to know about your new house.
The Home Inspector’s Mission
The home inspector’s mission is to help figure out what you need to know about the house components (except environmental issues*). You need to know if there are things about the house that would seriously affect habitability or force you to spend a lot of money you were not planning on. To address this need, the home inspection concentrates on 8 major items: Roof, Foundation, Structure, Plumbing System, Electrical System, Heating System, Water Well System, and the Septic System. Important secondary building components are also addressed such as: siding, windows, drainage, cooling system, hot water and finishes.
The Home Inspection Report
The home inspection is documented by a 25+ page written report, discussing noteworthy observations. The implications of the home inspector’s observations are put in perspective by clearly written suggestions. Estimates of component remaining life and replacement cost are included, where appropriate. Don’t settle for a non-engineer’s cryptic on-site report attached to a glossy generic encyclopedia.
To Make These Evaluations, the Home Inspector Will:
Climb on the roof, inspect the foundation and structure for movement and decay, operate the heating equipment, go into accessible crawlspaces and attics, remove circuit breaker panel covers to inspect wires, operate water fixtures and perform a push test on any septic system or water well system. NO HOUSE IS PERFECT. The professional Home Inspector can help you distinguish between minor imperfections and major problems. Many houses also have components that are significantly better than average. These are worthy of mention.
It is more likely that your house will not have a major problem. Still, by attending the home inspection, you will gain understanding of what you are buying. Knowing the construction type, maintenance needs, where things are and how they work can be invaluable. Be there.
While the Home Inspector will administer a radon in air test with a laboratory at your request and also take water sample to a lab for analysis, he is not the lab. He can also answer some of your questions about environmental concerns but he should not be relied on as an expert in that field…..then the rest of what is there about labs.