A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house. It is usually conducted by a professional home inspector who has the knowledge and expertise to assess the condition of the home. However, it is important to note that a standard home inspection report does not include certain items. For instance, a standard report does not include items such as a well and septic system, mold (without visual control), asbestos, radon, or pests.
These items can be added on for an additional fee. Additionally, standard home inspection practice does not include the review of any hazardous substances, such as asbestos, radon, methane, radiation, formaldehyde, and more. If you have questions about one or more insulated structures, be sure to ask if they are included when selecting an inspector. Home inspectors can check a pool's pump or heater to see if it's working, but their job doesn't usually include evaluating the pool for cracks, leaks, and other additional problems.
Other items that are not included in a standard home inspection report are roofing materials, air conditioning systems, and appliances. These items may be inspected for an additional fee. It is important to understand what is not included in a home inspection report so that you can make an informed decision when selecting an inspector. The inspector must provide a comprehensive report with photos and descriptions of any problem areas, and may also include recommendations for further evaluation.
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