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Purchasing a new home? A home inspection is highly recommended.
What's included in a home inspection report?
Licensed home inspectors will provide their clients written reports of the home inspection. The report will contain detailed information on the subject property with photos and is normally delivered by email within a few days.
Here are the key areas you can expect to be covered in a home inspection report:
• Structural components including foundation and framing of the home.
• Exterior features including siding, soffit, porches, decks, walkways, and railings.
• Roof system including shingles, flashing gutters and skylights.
• Electrical system including service panels, breakers and outlets.
• Plumbing systems including pipes, drains and water heating equipment.
• Heating system including equipment and venting.
• Cooling system including energy sources and distribution equipment.
• Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings.
• Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.
The inspector may recommend additional specialty contractors to look at certain items.
Aside from a typical home inspection and pest & dry rot inspection there are more in depth inspections you should consider including:
· Environmental hazards such as mold, lead paint, asbestos or radon
· Fireplace/chimney/woodstove/Gas insert
· Sewer scoping
· Oil tanks
· Septic or well tests
· Moisture intrusion
· Land use items such as flood plain, geological hazards, zoning and land use.
Each property is unique and all tests should be considered. Talk to your home inspector or contractor for their recommendations.