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As defined by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) :
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.”
A typical home inspection commonly includes structural elements like the foundation and supports, the attic, roof, plumbing and electrical systems, mechanical components like the heating, cooling, and water heating, components on the exterior and site conditions like grading, drainage and siding, interior elements, sinks, baths, stairs, windows, doors, insulation and energy features.
There are a multitude of reasons for having a building inspected by a qualified inspector. Often the reason is dependent on the perspective of the client. It is the author’s belief that the value of a home inspection is the identification of present or potential safety hazards to its occupants, and the insight to make sound financial decisions and planning.
Although it is not required, attending a home inspections is encouraged. This will give you an opportunity to make observations and ask questions.
In order to gain the most value of a home inspection, the utilities should be on and pilot lights lit. The entrances to the attic and crawl space, the area around the electric panel, water heater, and furnace should be clear of belongings and easily accessible. If you are not the home owner ask your real estate agent for assistance in making these request.
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