What should a home inspection include?
A professional home inspection is generally a non-invasive, visual inspection with some instrument testing to complete an assessment of the home's systems:
The exterior of the home including the site, the foundation and drainage conditions
The home's structural condition, materials and paint
The roof, including vents, flashings, gutters and downspouts
The attic and conditions in the attic like insulation and ventilation
The interior including windows, doors, walls and floors
Plumbing including water supply and drainage pipes, baths, kitchens and appliances
Electrical including the main service, panel, breakers, wiring and outlets
Heating and cooling (HVAC) including energy source, capacity, location, age and condition
Other systems or components depending on the scope of the inspection (radon, insects etc.)
The home inspection is NOT a building code inspection.
It is a careful look for anything that affects your safety and/or the home's value.
Items called "Material Defects" are clearly called out in the home inspection report and summary.
The report will also identify other observed issues or deficiencies, why it matters and how these might be remedied.
Pricing, Costs and Time
Costs for a home inspection are based on the size (square footage) of the home plus any additional inspections added to the scope (Radon Testing etc.) A quote can be prepared on line or over the phone. Costs begin around $400. Generally a home inspection will take between 2 and 3 hours plus any time to communicate with the clients(s). A report will be emailed within 24 to 48 hours.