A home inspection is an evaluation of a home's current serviceability and durability from an independent, certified inspector. The inspector is independent of the seller, independent of the buyer and independent of any realtor. Their goal is to inspect a property without bias and fully disclose their findings in a complete report to the party who has engaged their services.
The purpose of an inspection is to inform (enlighten) the client of structural, electrical and plumbing problems or deficiencies so purchasing or selling decisions are not blind.
As previously stated, home inspections can be important to both the buyer and seller—having an independent, non-biased professional assess a home's condition allows both parties the knowledge and flexibility to adjust for both the positives and negatives provided in the report. The following is an overview of what the home inspector is looking for: