What Is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual evaluation of the property's basic structure, foundation or basement, interior, exterior, roof, electrical, plumbing and heating and cooling systems. The purpose of an inspection is to detect major visible problems or defects and unsafe conditions. In essence, a home inspection is a snapshot of a house on the day of the inspection.
A home inspection may be used to provide information for purchasing decisions, pre-listing and preparing to sell a home, new home construction, and for the purpose of litigation in construction-defect cases.
Most often, a home inspection is used to assist a client in making a more informed purchasing decision. The inspector may also educate the buyer as to typical life expectancies, items to budget for replacement, and how to maintain the property.