The first aspect of a standard home inspection report that most individuals don’t realize is that it isn’t a pass or fail report. The report discusses specific defects in the home that a certified and licensed home inspector discovers during a non-invasive inspection of one’s property. There are many aspects of the inspection that need to be done. There are 4 major components of a standard home inspection:
- Electrical System – as the name implies, the electrical system powers everything in the home that not only makes it livable but helps to protect everyone inside. The home inspection report details items that have broken down or have deteriorated such as electric panels, outlets, receptacles, wiring, etc. These play a significant role and can be extremely dangerous if they go undetected by the homeowner.
- HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system – this mechanical system controls your indoor living environment. The home inspector will make notes about the size and specifications of the unit by taking measurements of standard drops in room temperature in order to determine the system’s condition.
- Plumbing system – the plumbing system is comprised of two elements – the “feed” and the sanitary line. The feed is the water that originates from the city you live in or a well. It supplies your home with water. The sanitary line or “waste” line removes all water from the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks as well as your toilets and tubs. These lines run from your home into the street drains.
- Structural components – your home’s structural components are its skeleton. This is very important as the main structure makes the home livable and protects those who live in it. The key structural components include the columns, footings, foundation, roof, slabs, walls, and more. The home inspection report discloses all of those items that are in good condition and those that need attention.
If you’re currently in the market for a home, you need to be aware of everything included in the home inspection report before signing the sales contract. This knowledge is vital because it will enable you to prepare for any contingencies or eventualities that may arise during the real estate transaction. Furthermore, you may find out that it’s easier to budget for any repairs that may be needed. Most importantly, it will put you in a better position to make a well-informed decision regarding the purchase of the home. Additionally, it is important that you get a house inspection done as a buyer/seller so that you know that the house is worth it. To learn more about the components of a Broward County home inspection report, or to schedule a home inspection of your property, call Florida Inspections Unlimited today at 954-861-0666.