After the inspections, you’ll receive a report on the state of the house and containing suggestions on future maintenance or repair steps, or the need for additional expert opinions — for example, a structural engineer, should the inspection disclose faults in the building structure, or a HVAC expert if the furnace isn’t in working order. INSPECTIONS, INSPECTORS, AND COMMON MISTAKES There are different types of house inspections available. General or residential inspections will observe and give an evaluation of the house elements and systems. The list below can be enhanced or some of the points excluded. Nevertheless, here’s an idea of what should/will be examined in a comprehensive residential inspection (which costs approximately $300 to $500): • Exterior: Water drainage systems, condition of outside elements, such as yard, trees, pathways, fences, decks, stairs, and noting cosmetic issues. • Structural elements: Construction type and notes, visible foundation and framing condition, structure’s upright position. • Roof: Installation quality, visible damages, shingles, and gutters condition. • Plumbing system: Leaks, water pressure, faucets, showers, material and aging of pipes, hot water system, septic tank (if one). • Electrical system: Check electric box for condition and code, fuses, visible wiring, type and condition, and other safety issues. • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Inspect chimneys, vents, house insulation, and ducting. Inspect all furnace and AC systems for age, condition, and proper functioning. • Laundry room: Ventilation and dryer systems; search for leaks and potential fire hazards. • Bathrooms: Bathtub, shower, sink, and toilet inspection. Proper ventilation and plumbing.
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