Foundations, grading & drainage, basements, walkways, and floor, wall and ceiling structures.
MAJOR SYSTEMS REVIEWED WITH STANDARD INSPECTIONS:
WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS TO A HOME INSPECTION?
The purpose of a home inspection to identify observable conditions that would reasonably indicate potential defects. You are paying for a professional consultation intended to describe areas where professional tradespeople would be advised to make repairs, or offer a more technically detailed proposal to remedy the defect. Most home inspectors are well-trained at identifying these defects, thereby giving you more knowledge and negotiating power as a buyer. But keep in mind, the inspector cannot see through walls, and cannot excavate the exterior foundation wall to identify conditions that are not evident based on a non-invasive review. This is why you should choose an inspector trained to see past the fresh paint, and knows what clues are left behind in the case of a defect.
As a general rule, these points apply to a typical inspection:
An inspection is not technically exhaustive.
An inspection will not identify concealed or latent defects.
An inspection will not deal with aesthetic concerns or what could be deemed matters of taste, cosmetic defects, and so on.
An inspection will not determine the suitability of the property for any use.
An inspection does not determine the market value of the property or its marketability.
An inspection does not determine the insurability of the property.
An inspection does not determine the advisability or inadvisability of the purchase of the inspected property.
An inspection does not determine the life expectancy of the property or any components or systems therein.
An inspection does not include items not permanently installed.