Bob Vila Radio: What Does a Home Inspection Cover?

If you've got your sights set on a new home, you likely already know the importance of getting it inspected. What you may not know is what you can expect the inspection to cover. Read on for details!

By Bob Vila | Updated Mar 22, 2018 1:25 PM

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Home inspections are not cheap. But if you’re looking to purchase a home, having it thoroughly inspected before you close the deal can save you thousands in expensive surprises down the road.

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These are the key items typically included in home inspection reports….

For starters, you should see a summary statement about each major living area, with notes and photographs documenting any problems.

The report should also provide a ballpark estimate of how long the major components of the home are likely to last (roofing, plumbing and electrical systems, etc.).

Light fixtures and switches, electrical outlets, and HVAC controls should also be on the list.

A good inspector will pay particular attention to attics, basements, and crawl spaces, since those areas can provide clues to structural problems, moisture issues, and concerns relating to ventilation, insulation, and pests.

Finally, make sure the home exterior is covered, including whether surrounding property is well drained.

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