what's a home inspection

What’s a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is an independent, in-person physical evaluation of a home and its various systems. It is performed by a licensed home inspector, and offers a potential buyer valuable insight into the home’s physical condition and safety.

Typically, a home inspection will provide an evaluation of the following:

  • Foundation
  • Drainage Systems
  • Roof, Attic, Insulation, Ducting
  • Interior & Exterior Walls, Gutters
  • Doors & Windows
  • Fireplaces & Chimneys
  • Electrical Systems, Light Fixtures, Switches, Receptacles
  • Heating Systems, Ventilation Systems
  • Air Conditioning Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Water Heaters
  • Ovens, Ranges, Microwaves
  • Dishwashers, Disposals, Trash Compactors
  • Lawn Sprinkler System

Once a home inspector has conducted the evaluation, the homebuyer is given a detailed home inspection report indicting the findings. This report can be used to evaluate a home’s value and worth, and buyers can also use it to negotiate on pricing or work with sellers to make repairs and fixes before closing/move-in.

A home inspection is a necessary and vital part of the homebuying process – even for brand new and just built homes.