What exactly are home inspection reports? What comes with a good report? Anyone with a home inspector’s license can offer you a report, but is it worth having? Is it worth the cost of home inspection? Read on and see for yourself what comprises a good home inspection report.

A general home inspection should cover nearly every area of the home, from basement to roof. The inspector should look at your sinks, toilets, showers, pipes, and all other aspects of the plumbing. All of the electrical systems should be examined.  This includes the electrical outlets, ceiling fans, light fixtures, circuit breakers, and wiring. Any air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces, and ventilation ducts should also be inspected.

On the outside of the home, the condition of any fences, driveways, and sidewalks should be determined. The status of any and all windows, doors, and walls should be determined next. Areas of drainage should then be inspected, if any exist. The inspector will want to examine the roof, but it should be noted that most general home inspections do not offer a roof certification as part of the general service package. The roof of the home is enough of a monster that it often requires its own, specialized inspection and this should be considered if the roof appears to be in bad shape.

If you have a garage it should be inspected, as well. The condition of the slab, the ventilation, the roof, and the firewall will be the areas of most concern to the inspector.

Once the inspection is finished you should receive a list of concerns in the home inspection report. These areas may not be a problem now, but they could become one. Roofs that have a short life expectancy, any malfunctions in the air conditioning or heating systems, any defects in the foundation, any drainage issues; any or all of these could become major problems if you do not take care of them in a short amount of time.

Is it worth the home inspector cost to get a general inspection done? The short answer is yes, it is. A great report will not only reveal the condition of each element of the home, it will mark down key areas of concern that you should follow up on as soon as possible. If it appears you need roof inspections or a mold review, the inspection service can likely set up an appointment time right then and there. They can also provide you with great home inspection tips, allowing you to do a preliminary inspection before your inspector even arrives.

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