So, you know that it is important to get a home inspection in San Diego done, especially if you are buying a new property. But do you know what this inspection will and will not cover? Knowing this information is key, as home inspections do not cover every part of the house and other inspections may be needed in order to get a full picture. A home inspector will visually inspect the main systems in your home, and they will provide you with a contract and a report. One of the best ways to find out what your home inspection will cover is to read the contract that is provided to you. It should cover the cost and scope of the inspection service. If you would like to know these details before booking a home inspection, read on for the most common things that will be covered in your home inspection report.
After your inspection is done, you will receive a report that covers all aspects that were inspected. Often this report includes photos. The areas covered can include: structural areas (foundation and frames); exterior siding, porches, balconies, pathways, driveways etc.; roofs and skylights; electrical systems (breakers, panels etc.); plumbing systems (including the water heater); full heating and cooling systems including vents, equipment, and energy sources; basic interior features such as walls, stairs, ceilings etc.; home insulation and ventilation (especially in attic areas); and fireplace related features. If these baseline features are not covered in your home inspection, you may have to have them inspected separately. Be sure to ask your home inspector to justify why they may not be included.
You should not expect to see certain things covered in your home inspection. These include:
- Areas that they cannot see or access easily (for example the interior of a piece of machinery or equipment, or an underground pipe)
- Swimming pools or hot tubs
- Appliances in your kitchen
- Sprinkler systems
- Smoke detectors or fire alarms, and home alarms
- Satellite dishes
- Exterior buildings such as garages or sheds (Provided they are not attached to your home)
- Presence of asbestos, lead, or other hazards
Having a home inspection is a very worthwhile investment, but it is also key to remember that your home inspector will not be able to detect certain things. If you are ready for your Orange County home inspection, contact us today.