While hiring a professional Home Inspector is recommended before buying or selling your home, you should make your own checklist for the property.
Below is a list of home areas that generally are NOT included in a Professional Home Inspection:
- accessory buildings,
- sprinkler systems,
- washing machine connections,
- alarm systems,
- heat exchangers,
- humidifiers and dehumidifiers,
- window AC units, and
The following areas may be required and/or require a separate inspection by a qualified professional:
- Pest/Insect/termite inspection
- Water/ Well
- Title V/ Septic
Most Professional Home Inspectors also will not examine anything that’s not readily accessible.
Home inspections are generally described as a “non-technically exhaustive visual inspection.” They will not do anything destructive to make an observation.
Home inspectors will not enter areas they consider a safety hazard, such as areas whose point of access does not meet minimum opening sizes or clearance for safe egress or places that appear to contain hazardous chemicals, molds or asbestos. Crawl spaces, attics and roofs are often excluded from inspections as a result of these safety hazards.
Strange but true if you don’t have a ladder ready for viewing the attic they won’t go up there…. If you put a ladder there they might go up and take a peak for you but they won’t climb up and check your roof fan or air cooling system.
You, along with your Realtor®, should make a checklist of these spots that you would like inspected. The worst your inspector will say is no, but you won’t know if you don’t ask.
Individual inspections of these areas – such as pools and spas, underground water sprinkler systems, may be worth the extra cost. The outcome of these inspections should be included in your Offer to Purchase. A troublesome pool could make or break a transaction.
Keep in mind: Home Inspection Professionals will only be responsible for the information contained in their written report.
Be knowledgeable, Be informed, Make Qualified Choices