What Does A Property Inspection Report Include?
A property inspection is simply a non-invasive, visual examination of a property, most often related to the sale of said property. Property inspections are typically performed by a certified home inspector who at the very least has the proper training and credentials to do such inspections. Typically, home inspectors are commissioned by either a realtor or the seller of the property. They inspect a property in order to ensure that it is in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.
The goal of a property inspection is to provide buyers with an accurate picture of what repairs need to be made before they close on the purchase agreement. If major issues are discovered after the close of escrow, a re-inspection should be arranged before final closing. It is also important to remember that a visual inspection does not always indicate a problem. In fact, many problems can be detected without having a person physically get in the home and do a physical inspection. This is why it is very important to have a professional home inspector do the property inspection.
When performing a property inspection, the inspector will conduct a two-step process. First, they will visually inspect the entire property. This includes looking for everything from boards to hidden penetrations, such as concealed foundation cracks. Next, they will document their findings. These documents are what will ultimately determine whether or not the property needs repairs, and/or a re-inspection.
What exactly does an HVAC inspector look for when inspecting a house? They will check for defective or dangerous (hottest) air conditioning units, heating coils, gas appliances, heating ducts, water heaters, etc. An HVAC inspector may also check for leaks, cracks, broken ducts, leaky pipes, damaged insulation, missing insulation, and other problems. They may also consider the presence of mildew, mold, and pest infestations. These problems will most likely result in an order from a local HVAC contractor. The HVAC system or contractor will be required to take action before the property is considered uninhabitable.
Although most inspectors will only look for obvious problems, it is important to know that some inspections will also include a check of the plumbing, electrical, and heating systems. If a property’s plumbing, electrical, or heating systems are outdated, it can result in unsafe conditions. As an example, a leaking toilet may mean that the pipes have become blocked. On the flip side, a properly installed and working central air conditioning unit can keep a house adequately cool.
It is important to note that the above is just an overview of what the typical property inspection report will include. Typical home inspections also include an assessment of the roof and sidings, as well as checking for cracked and missing siding. Some inspections even cover the exterior condition of the home. Finally, most inspections will also include a report on the plumbing, ductwork, and electrical systems, as well as a review of the home’s exterior painting and sealer. If you are considering purchasing or selling a home, it is important to thoroughly research the property before making any decisions.