The only difference between a home inspection and a pre-listing inspection is the customer. A home inspection is done by the buyer while pre-listing is requested by the one selling. So what’s covered during the property inspection and what’s not covered are simply the same.
What is covered:
The requirements may vary from state to state but generally, these are what inspectors look at.
- Structural components of the home; which may include the foundation, the floors and floor framings, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, and the drainage system.
- Safety issues; like the condition of the staircase, carbon monoxide alarms, and fire extinguishing systems.
- Exterior surfaces; the inspector will check the condition of the sidings, the painting on the exterior walls, the driveways, sidewalk and pavement, the exterior lights, and electrical outlets.
- The roof: are the shingles in good condition? He will also check in case there are damages to the chimneys and gutters.
- Electrical system; the inspector will verify if it was installed up to code, he will also analyze the condition of the wiring.
- Plumbing; he will check for leaks in the pipes and faucets, the functionality of toilets, sinks, showers, and bathtubs. He will also check for any sign of water damage in the basement.
- Interior appliances and utilities; the inspector will check if all appliances in the home are properly functioning, he will also look for any damages in the built-in cabinets.
- The HVAC system; is the system in good shape?
What’s not covered;
Inspectors in most cases don’t look for the following issues unless the customer wants them checked. These issues may include;
- Radon gas
- Lead paint
- Or toxic mold
Always be sure to inform the inspector what you want looked into and provide access to that which needs inspecting. If you need a pre-listing inspection in Panama City, Port St. Joe, Carrabelle, St. George Island, Apalachicola, and the surrounding areas, trust Chapman Home Inspection. Get in touch with them today.