Your Home Inspection Guideline
A Typical Home Inspection
On the other pages you’ll find specific information about home inspections. But let’s walk through what you can expect when you need a home inspection.
Let’s say you’re building a home on a lot you bought. You’re not a residential home builder by trade, but you’re finally building your dream home with the help of friends,family and hired tradesmen. Maybe one week you get the foundation and framing done, then the sub-flooring, wall structures and roof. Next comes the wiring and inside walls. After that, finishing touches like the actual flooring, finished walls, and fixtures. The plumbing goes in so you can install a bathtub, the shower, and sinks. Windows get installed and everything gets painted.
At the end of all that you hire a home inspector to look through your home to make sure everything is up to code. She goes through the home to check the quality of the wiring, see if the plumbing works, and how well the windows are installed. Of course, her checklist is very long and she does a thorough job. During the inspection she finds problems with the foundation, wiring and plumbing. After all that work, you have to go back and fix the problems. It costs a lot of time and money.
Now imagine a different scenario. Instead of getting just one home inspection done at the end, you get it inspected after something big is done. If a problem occurs, you can fix it before you go any further. That way, you won’t have to tear out the brand new walls to fix that shoddy wiring job your brother-in-law did. You should be receiving a home inspection every step of the way.