When you walk through homes for the first time, there often comes an emotional attachment that allows you see the home's potential, what it would be like to live there, and even overlook inconvenient features or potential issues. That's why a home inspection is an important part of the contract.   

The home inspector's job is to scrutinize every nook and cranny of the property and make an impartial assessment. 

So what does the home inspector analyze? 

  • Physical structure: walls, windows, roof, trim, siding, floor, doors, construction defects, water damage
  • Exterior porches, decks, balconies, sidewalks, and driveways
  • Systems: plumbing, electrical, heating/air conditioning, pumps, garage
  • Attics, crawl spaces, basements
  • Fireplaces and flue
  • Appliances

It's important to note that a home inspector cannot spot things that are not visible to the naked eye, such as mold inside walls or hidden pests. Also, the inspector is not there to offer advice about the value of the home (an appraisal). 

A home is a big investment and you want to make sure you know what you're getting into. It's worthwhile for anyone looking to purchase a home to have a thorough inspection of the property before you close the deal. 

Sources: 

http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/handouts-for-customers/for-buyers/what-know-about-home-inspection

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/home-inspection/