Home Inspection Questions and Answers

These questions and answers were reprinted from a flier produced by John Franzen at Allied Home Inspection Services.  You can call Allied next time you need a home inspection.  Test your knowledge on the subject below.

Q.        What is covered in a structural home inspection?

A.         The following structural components are covered in a structural home inspection (if they are present):

–         Foundation

–         Interior walls, doors, ceilings, floors and

–         Exterior walls, doors, windows, trim, gutters
and downspouts

–         Fireplace and chimney (including the flashing)

–         Roof, roof framing, eaves and attic

–         Porches and decks

–         Attic insulation and ventilation

–         Evidence of water penetration on the exterior of
the house (rotting wood)

–         Evidence of water penetration on the interior of
the house (plumbing or roof leaks)

–         Evidence of water penetration in the attic
(damaged or sagging decking – roof leaks)


Q.        Does the inspector give special attention to first-time home buyers?

A.         Yes, the inspector will take them through the house and show them why various

components are there and how they work, such items as weep holes, T&P valves,

expansion joints and GFCIs will be covered.  The inspector will also take the time to answer all of their questions and make sure they

see and understand all of the needed repairs that will be noted in the written inspection report.


Q.        What is covered in a mechanical home inspection?

A.         The following mechanical components are
covered in a mechanical home inspection (if they are present):

–         Dishwasher

–         Food waste disposal

–         Range exhaust vent

–         Range or cooktop

–         Oven

–         Microwave oven

–         Trash compactor

–         Other appliances that are staying with the house
such as a refrigerator

–         Bathroom exhaust vents & electrical ceiling

–         Whole-house vacuum system

–         Water heaters

–         Doorbell and chimes

–         Garage door openers

–         Jacuzzi tub operation

–         Shower and tub operation

–         A/C system operation and condition

–         Ducts, vents and flues

–         Determination of proper cooling at A/C vents
using laser thermometer

–         Heating system operation and condition

–         Plumbing system (leaks & corrosion)

–         Electrical system (type of wiring, determination
of adequate amperage, safety hazards and operation

–         Lawn sprinkler system

Pool and spa
inspections are also available.


Q.        How long does it take to complete a home inspection?

A.         For most homes, it will take about two
hours.  Larger homes will take longer to complete.


Q.        How long does it take to get the final written inspection report?

A.         In most cases, the home buyers will
have the final inspection report e-mailed to them within 48 hours after the
inspection.  The inspection report will
also be e-mailed to the selling agent if the buyers request it.


Foundation Level

A survey of the foundation will be
done during the inspection using a “ZipLevel” Pro-2000 Elevation Measurement
System.  This will enable the buyers to
know if the foundation has moved before purchase.  The findings of the foundation survey will be
included in the final inspection report.


Repair cost estimates are included in the final report.   Their company is not in the repair business.  However, the repair cost estimates may help you in your negotiations with the seller, especially if you are buying an older home.

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