The inspector will look for and report on any evidence of structural deficiencies.†
A thorough inspection of the foundation includes inspecting for:
- cracks in the piers, between the foundation and the frame .
- sagging floor joists .
- cracks in the basement walls, in the brick veneer .
- crumbling mortar .
- no caulking at the joints .
- damp or leaking basement walls .
- white mineral deposits on the walls .
- finish grade sloped away from the foundation .
- adequate ventilation of the crawl space
Note that if the inspection takes place in the winter, the roof and the foundation may not be fully visible for inspection if they are covered with snow and ice. For safety and insurance reasons, the home inspector is not required to climb up on a roof to look at it but will make all possible efforts to do so. However, the home inspector will inspect the roof from the ground. This also applies to the chimney and downspouts. If problems or symptoms beyond the scope of the inspection are found, the home inspector may recommend further evaluation. Interior systems the home inspector will check include electrical, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, insulation, flooring, ceiling and wall finishes, windows and doors. A proper home inspection does not include appraisals, exact quotes for repairs, or pointing out noncompliance with building code requirements.
A home inspection is not intended to provide warranties or guarantees. A home inspection is intended to help you make an informed decision about buying your home. A home inspection is not to be mistaken as a warranty on the house.