What is Not Covered During a Home Inspection? Great Question!

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A home inspection covers many vital parts of the home, the exterior, interior, and electrical appliances are a few general examples of what gets investigated during a standard home inspection. However, what isn’t included in a standard home inspection? Well as a general rule anything that can’t be realistically reached by a home inspector isn’t included. Home inspectors will check hard to reach places, like crawl spaces or tight corners, but anything that requires climbing or digging will remain unreported.

Another thing to note is if an area is blocked or inaccessible, for example if the attic has no entrance or the crawl space is covered in snakes it will most likely not be inspected. Some specific items that aren’t investigated during a home inspection include the septic system, the chimney, and pools or hot tubs.

If you want your septic system examined then you’ll have to order a separate inspection. People often assume that this service is included in a standard home inspection, but the next time you’re scheduling for an inspection don’t anticipate a report on your septic system. It wouldn’t be realistic to expect a home inspector to investigate your septic system, the reason for this is, in order to properly inspect a home’s septic system, digging would be required. Some home inspectors may be able to investigate your septic system separately, but this service won’t be included in your standard home inspection. If you’re worried about when you should have your septic system examined, then InterNACHI recommends that you have it annually inspected.

Chimneys aren’t completely avoided during a home inspection, but they won’t be looked into thoroughly. A basic chimney inspection doesn’t require special tools, or even climbing, it mostly consists of an inspector doing a visual check of the fireplace and chimney. This service only requires a visit to the roof in the event of an earthquake or storm. During a standard home inspection, the home inspector will check to make sure there aren’t any obvious problems with the chimney, but they won’t perform an in depth inspection. The reason for this is, most home inspectors might not have the experience needed to give a proper inspection, and there are other parts of the home that need their attention. However, if you’re getting ready to sell your home then a thorough chimney inspection is recommended, for safety reasons.

Pools and hot tubs are not included in a standard home inspection. If you’re considering a home with a pool, then you’ll need to order a separate inspection. Pools have intricate systems and it takes time and experience to properly, and thoroughly, inspect them. During a pool inspection the filters, heaters, pumps, and other electrical appliances each need to be individually investigated, adding these components to a home inspection would take too much time. A standard home inspection will cover plumbing and even your house’s water system, but pools and hot tubs are another matter entirely.

Home inspections cover a large part of the home, but that doesn’t mean it covers everything. A lot of time is spent going over each room in a home and by the end of the inspection you’ll have a good idea of what needs fixing and what doesn’t. If your home needs a septic, chimney, or pool inspection then you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a qualified inspector who’s trained in those fields.

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