Important features of a Home Inspection Report

A home inspection report is designed to give insight into the quality of construction and maintenance on a property. The inspection is not intended to value the property or consider design issues. Instead, it should cue a potential owner into the behind the scenes workings of a home and estimated maintenance costs. The most important features, then, are those that are potentially the most costly.

  • Roofs - Roofs can cost $10,000 or more to replace depending on the materials used. Knowing when the roof was last replaced and when it will need replaced again is key to understanding the cost of ownership in a property.
  • Water heaters - Water heaters need replaced every 5 to 10 years depending on the quality of the heater. An inspection will reveal any potential needs in this area.
  • Septic systems - Most properties do not have septic systems unless they are far from public sewage lines. If a property does have a system, though, a full inspection needs to be done to anticipate any potential problems with the system in the future.
  • Ability to withstand environment - Water and environmental damage to a home is a routine yet costly expense. An inspector can look for signs of how well a home withstands its given environment, including the foundation of a home and how it is built.
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