Roof - visual inspection of roof covering condition and defects. Inspect skylights, flashings, gutters, chimney shaft and damper operation. Inspect chimney spark arrestor, cap and hood. Attic - check accessible underside of roof covering for water penetration, visible wiring hazards, ventilation, insulation and skylight chutes. Water Penetration - check all interior ceilings, walls and baseboards. Plumbing - shower, bathtub and sink drains, commodes and components, hot and cold water plumbing, tiles, grouting, water penetration and faucet operation. Air Conditioning - check all central A/C systems and wall units for function and operation; check all supply and return vents for correct operation. Checking of wall or window units are usually not part of the inspection. Heating System - check all central heating systems and wall units for function and operation; check all supply and return vents for correct operation. Appliances - thoroughly check each built-in appliance for component operation, proper electrical grounding, major defects in operation and control. Although checking of appliances is not required by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), many inspectors will include appliances. However, proper electrical grounding is not checked if the outlet is not accessible. Hot Water Heater - inspect for lower cabinet leaks and signs of rust. Swimming Pool/Spa - filter and circulation pump, surface plumbing leaks, sweep, pump, ladder, diving board, lighting and gauges. (Usually, not done by home inspectors, but by swimming pool specialists.) Sprinkler Systems - Check sprinkler heads and pump operation. Security Systems - This is not included in the home inspection. Docks, Davits and Seawalls - These items may or may not be included in the inspection and the inspector will check for defects only, not for structural integrity. The cost of a building inspection varies depending on the square footage and amenities and not on the sales price of the property. This inspection is based on the professionalism of the individual inspector and may vary from one representative to the next. You should call the inspector to confirm exactly what he will be checking during inspection. The protection you gain from a building inspection is merely another layer of support that can prevent you from making a mistake when purchasing real estate.
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