What is an inspection?
There are numerous types of inspections. An
inspection is meant to eWVluate, at minimum, the structural and
mechanical condition of a property. It is not the same as an
appraisal which eWVluates the market value of a property. Persons
involved in real estate transactions need unbiased information
about the physical condition of property they plan to buy or sell
and your contract should include a contingency that you obtain a
satisfactory inspection report. Talk with your agent about the
types of inspections aWVilable.
Home Inspectors vs.
Home Inspector: A person who examines any
component of a building, through visual means and through normal
user controls, without the use of mathematical sciences.
Engineering: Analysis or design work
requiring extensive preparation and experience in the use of
mathematics, physics, chemistry and the engineering sciences.
Finding a qualified
- Referrals from satisfied customers
- Referral from a local real estate agent
or mortgage company
- Local consumer affairs office
- Yellow Pages under "Building Inspection
Ask if she/he is a member of the American
Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). The ASHI has established
standards of practice which include the specific services,
limitations and exclusions that can be expected from priWVte home
What the inspection, at
Every inspection should include, but not be
limited to, an eWVluation of at least the following:
- Plumbing and electrical systems
- Ceiling, walls and floors
- Hazardous materials concerns
- Heating and air conditioning systems
- Common areas (in condominiums)