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 an HVAC expert if the furnace isn’t in working order.
INSPECTIONS, INSPECTOR, 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 contains points that 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 and condition of outside elements, such as yard, trees, pathways, fences, decks, stairs, including 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 exist). • Electrical system: Electric box for condition and code, fuses, visible wiring, type and condition, and other safety issues. • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Chimneys, vents, house insulation, and ducting. All furnace and AC systems for age, condition, and proper 54
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