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What does the home inspection include?

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:18:26 PM

If you have been approved for home financing, picked a house and had your offer accepted, all that is left is the home inspection. For many homebuyers this can be a tumultuous time full of stress. The home you have set your hopes and dreams on must pass the test or you may find yourself walking away due to unforeseen and expensive repairs needing to be done.

"What a home inspector does is provide an independent review of the property, not influenced by any of the other professions in the transaction," Mike Casey, an inspector based in Haymarket, Va., and president of the American Society of Home Inspectors, told

The focus of a home inspection is the structural, mechanical and electrical condition of the property, according to the American Home Inspectors Directory. The inspection will include the overall conditions of the exterior of the home from top to bottom. The professional will most likely pay specific attention to the joints of the home such as the space between a roof and wall, roof and chimney and other common architectural details.

The heating, cooling and electrical components of the home are other factors that will weigh heavily in the assessment of the home. The inspector pays close attention to detect if something is damaged or in poor condition because these details can negatively impact the safety of the home. ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800729719-ADNFCR