People are often confused about what a home inspection report contains. Is it a simply a glorified “honey do list”? Are there pictures? What is actually included?
A home inspection report is a lengthy document that will outline everything your home inspector sees. It provides an overview of the home you’re thinking about purchasing and typically includes pictures of the various items inspected. Each item the inspector checks is rated as acceptable, marginal, or defective. As an unbiased report to reference, it comes in handy when identifying areas you would like your agent to negotiate.
Home inspection reports include information about:
- Structural elements: Visible foundation of the home.
- Outside features: Grading along the house, siding, sidewalks, decks, lighting, and exterior outlets.
- Roof areas: Condition of shingles, any repairs/patches to flat roofs, vents, chimneys, and gutters.
- Attic space: Sufficient insulation, proper ventilation, and any sign of leaking or water damage.
- Interior plumbing: Damaged or leaking pipes, water temperature, water pressure, functioning toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers.
- Basement: Solid foundation, walls, and floors; notation of any signs of water intrusion or damage.
- Fireplaces: Solid flue walls, functioning damper, and intact masonry in the firebox.
- Electrical system: Proper function of circuit breakers, outlets, light fixtures, and fans.
- Appliances: Proper function of stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer, and all other appliances.
- Heating and cooling systems: Condition of furnace, air conditioning (temperature permitting), and water heater.
- Garage: Windows, ceiling, framing, and roof; working garage door opener.
While the inspection is underway, many inspectors will discuss problematic areas of a home and answer any questions. It’s a lot of information to absorb. Thus, the report becomes the document you can reference later as you decide on your next step! Finally, if you buy the home, it then provides a great guideline as to when things may need to be replaced or repaired.