A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. The home inspection will cover the condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
The home inspection allows a buyer or seller, depending on who is ordering the inspection, to learn as much as they can about the newly constructed or existing house before they buy or sell it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, the client will know more about the house, which will allow the client to make decisions with confidence.
If a client is planning on selling a home, a home inspection can give the client an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
If a client already owns a home, an inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help the client avoid costly future repairs.