What exactly is included in a Home Inspection?

A good home inspector will go over every inch of the home, making sure that what is there is in sound condition and good working order. And if not, the inspector will make note of what needs to be corrected, and recommend what types of specialists are best for which tasks.

One area that tends to be overlooked by many inspectors is windows. High quality windows can definitely add to the value of a home on the market, but there has been a trend of cheap window replacements that are inefficient and are not being caught by many inspectors upon first review.  We recently spoke with Kenneth Sturrin of Placer Exteriors in Roseville about this trend and what homeowners should expect.  Kenneth told us that you always want to ensure your replacement window provider has a lifetime warranty on their product and that they have a long list of happy customers.  Many of the cheap replacement windows don’t stand up to the extreme colds in the north or the extreme heat of the south.  Mr. Sturring suggests you always work with only a reputable dealer and we must say that our own experience with Place Exteriors has been terrific.

To expand upon the inspector’s role, the inspector will do a thorough review of the home:

Structure – foundation and framing – how the home is settling, water issues, air escape issues, wood destroying pests
Exterior – from the house itself to railings, porches and driveways
Roof – makes sure it is in good working order (shingles in tact, no water build up, slope is true)
Plumbing – makes sure system was correctly installed and/or is safe (no leaks or incorrect installations)
Electrical – makes sure it was installed correctly and is safe, from the electric panel to junction boxes and outlets
Heating – makes sure water is moving correctly throughout the home, including ductwork, no water or moisture problems, no physical damage to system
Air Conditioning – makes sure air is moving correctly throughout the home, including ductwork, no water or moisture build up, no physical damage to system
Interior – looking for damage caused by anything from water to insects
Ventilation – of air and moisture throughout the home, including looking at insulation
Fireplaces – the entire structure from chimney to flue to how the heat is leaving the fireplace

And after the home inspection, the inspector should provide you with a detailed report on what they found during their inspection.

Why do you need a home inspection?

For the new home buyer, you’ll want to make sure that the house your buying is in suitable condition. If you’re going to be living there for many years to come, you’ll want to make sure there are no issues that you are unaware that could make it an unpleasant living situation. And if you are taking out a mortgage, the bank will want to know that their investment is a safe one.

For the home seller, a home inspection might give you the opportunity to fix issues before a real estate agent or prospective buyer sees them. This will also help you get a better perspective on what your house may actually be worth.

While there are many obvious ommissions of quality during home construction, a certified home inspector’s true value comes from finding issues beneath the surface that you may not notice as a homeowner until the problem expands to affect other home systems and costs you tens of thousands in repair or replacement costs.

While most homeowners talk about possible mold or inefficient windows and doors, but an increasingly prevalent problem in NoCal is dry rot. We recently spoke with Johnathan Thims with Sacramento Handyman about the upward trend in rot cases that they are tackling. Mr. Thims noted that most of these older homes have not been inspected recently from an energy efficiency standpoint and the particularly wet 2017 has caused issues that may have been in hiding for years. For more tips on repairing rot and keeping your homes value at its peak, we recommend you call the Sacramento Handyman or be on the lookout for their booth at the upcoming Capital Homeowners Expo.

And if you are a home owner, getting it inspected could help locate minor issues that left untreated, could result in major issues and major costs down the road.

Why a Home Inspection is So Important?

There are many reasons why having a home inspection is so important. Think of it this way: would you invest $200,000 of your own money into a stock you knew nothing about? Probably not. Chances are you’re spending more than $200,000 on your new home, so, as you would with any other investment, you should learn all you can about the home before you hand over the money.

Buying a home is one of life’s most expensive investments, so you need to make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you sign on the dotted line. That is why a home inspection is one of the most crucial steps in the home buying process.

The home inspection process is often but not always performed at the time of the sale of the home. A home is one of the most important purchases one will ever make. A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover the universal condition of a home. It is important to conduct a home inspection to avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major repairs. Even if you think you have found a “dream home,” it is a home inspector’s responsibility to let you know that your “dream home” may not be just right.

In some areas of the country you can buy a home with an inspection contingency and simply walk through it yourself to determine if the home is up to your standards. Other areas require you to use a professional inspector to report on the home.