Home Inspection Reports

Written by Sierra Rein
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Home inspection reports are based on the visual examination of a piece of property. Gas and moisture tests sometimes accompany these examinations as well and are usually included on the reports in addition to the inspector's personal, objective observations. Home inspection reports can generate higher prices or protect a potential homebuyer from making a bad purchase in the future.

A home inspection report covers the entire structure of a piece of residential property, from the foundation to the roof, inside and out. All major heating, plumbing, electrical, and air conditioning systems are checked for leaks and efficiency ratings. Home inspection reports can also cover outside pools, spas, backyard garages, and other structures as well.

It is important that future homeowners and potential homebuyers accompany the home inspector on his or her journey through the building. By accompanying the inspector, one can gain insight into how the structure was built and how much damage has actually occurred throughout its history. The home inspector can also answer questions and concerns and divulge important knowledge of how each system works in person, as well as the best fixes for any problems.

What Home Inspection Reports Are and Are Not

Home inspection reports are not estimates of a property's value, nor are they warranties against equipment or structural failure. Inspection reports also do not guarantee the non-existence of flaws in areas or items that cannot be seen by the home inspectors themselves. Home inspection reports can only be used in conjunction with other existing real estate services to establish home warranty policies, appraisals, and lending prices.

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