What Home Inspectors Inspect and What They Don’t
For your clients, homes are a large investment, and they are trusting you to help them with their choice. One way to ensure that you are assisting them in making the appropriate choice is to have a home inspection performed. Before you choose an inspector, you may need a clearer understanding of what a home inspection does and does not include.
Included in the Inspection
Home inspectors look into a number of different components of the home. They look into so many elements to ensure that the home is safe and sound. If you’re not sure what the inspection includes, here are some of the most common items an agent will check out:
- Safety elements
- The home’s grounds
- Exterior surfaces
- The attic, basement, and any crawlspaces
- Electrical systems and appliances
- Heating and cooling systems
- Structural elements
The American Society of Home Inspectors has a page that outlines the minimum standards that the inspectors have to follow. This is the Standards of Practice. Help your client make sure that it stands up to safety standards and have an inspection done.
Not Included in the Inspection
Home inspections vary from company to company. If there are some problems that an inspector will not look into, then there may be specialists that can perform the inspection. Some of the most common problems that are not included in a standard inspection are:
- Radon gas
- Swimming pools
- Pest control
- Lead paint
As a realtor, you are helping them with an incredible life decision. This is a large investment. So, you want to make sure that you have a team of professionals to help ensure your client that he or she is making the right decision. We would like to earn your trust and be the inspection company you recommend to others.