Buying a house may seem like a series of important decisions. When you find the house that is right for you, you need to find a Home Inspector to educate you about the condition of your new home. This is a wise decision, even when buying a newly constructed home.
What does a home inspection report disclose? Home buyers are often clueless about home construction and its components, and have difficulty deciphering home inspection reports. Many don’t know how to figure out which types of defects are serious or whether their home inspector checked all the essentials.
Home inspections are different and can vary dramatically. It depends on the home inspector and which association to which the home inspector belongs. Because I am a member of NACHI, I conduct my inspections in accordance with the standards of practice established by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the following information is based on NACHI guidelines.
General Home Inspection Checklist Items
- Structural Elements.
Construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation.
- Exterior Evaluation.
Wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights and exterior receptacles.
- Roof and Attic.
Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing and gutters.
Identification of pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes. including condition. Toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and traps.
- Systems and Components.
Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimney, fireplace and sprinklers.
Main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
Dishwasher, range and oven, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal and, yes, even smoke detectors.
Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, lights, receptacles, exterior, windows and roof.