A home inspection is an objective, visual examination of a home's structure, systems and mechanical systems. Think of it like a personal examination, where blood pressure, reflexes, temperature, etc. are also taken, only on the house.
The home inspector is required to observe readily visible and accessible installed systems which include: structural components, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating, central air conditioning, interiors, built-in kitchen appliances, insulation and ventilation. The home inspector shall operate the mechanical systems using normal operating controls except when conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage. The minimum standards for home inspections/ Residential inspection in North Carolina are established by the NC Licensed Home Inspector Board and can be reviewed at “nchilb.com”
A home inspection identifies any existing problems in a home and helps the buyer decide whether or not those problems are a problem. If they are not, the inspection also helps the buyer determine the next appropriate steps.
A home inspector can be a great resource for those who want to learn about their home. He can teach the buyer how to operate certain systems in the home, or give him tips on how to fix something in a cost-effective way. When a buyer knows more about aspects of their home purchase, they can better plan for the future, such as whether or not they want to make improvements.