Inspection Expectations

What To Expect From Your Home Inspection




Home inspectors are professionals, and as a member of InterNACHI, then you can trust that I am among the most highly trained in the industry. Most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. These are good to know about.

However, the issues that really matter will fall into 4 categories:

  1. Major defects, such as a structural failure;
  2. Conditions that can lead to major defects, such as a roof leak;
  3. Issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and
  4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.

Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Keep in mind that most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. It’s important to realize that a seller is under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in your inspection report. No house is perfect. Keep things in perspective.

And remember: homeownership is both a joyful experience and an important responsibility, so be sure to call on Hawkins Inspections, LLC to help you devise an annual maintenance plan that will keep your family safe and your home in top condition for years to come.



If you have a question about Home Inspection Terminology, look up the meaning in the InterNachi Glossary

Home Inspection Glossary

  the InterNACHI Glossary