What do home inspectors not check in a house?

If you want to make sure a home is safe and does not have costly repair needs before you buy it, you probably will call an inspector. Still, while an inspection can shed light on the state of a residence, home inspectors do not check everything.

A home inspection is a visual inspection, so it does not include opening up interior sections of the home to find defects. Here is a look at aspects of a house that a home inspector is unlikely to examine.

Plumbing systems

Home inspectors may run the sinks and test the toilets, but they will usually not check the internal plumbing, a septic tank, or the underground sewer line that links the home to a community sewer system. A plumber may have to come out with specialized equipment to examine the plumbing.

Harmful substances and pests

A home inspector might conclude that a home has mold or termites by finding wall damage. However, the inspector probably will not use testing kits to confirm the presence of mold or pests. You may need a mold or pest inspector to make such determinations.

Electrical wiring

Your inspector might tell you if lights or appliances are not working. However, your inspector is unlikely to check the electrical wiring or test the electrical system. A qualified electrician may be necessary for an electrical inspection.

Chimneys and vents

Home inspectors may look at fireplaces and the outsides of chimneys and vents. However, a home inspection does not cover the insides of vents, flues, and other parts of a venting system such as combustion air components.

Consider your concerns carefully. A few additional inspections from specialists may reassure you that you are making a wise purchase.



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