Types of Inspections

  • Existing homes. In homes that are already built, home inspectors will examine the dwelling to make sure it meets current building codes and that the house is acceptable for sale or transfer. The inspector will check several different aspects of the home, including the condition of the dwelling’s heat and central air systems, roof integrity, insulation and attic spaces, and structural components, including basements, walls, and ceilings.

  • New construction. The first inspection of an under-construction home is the frame inspection and occurs after the wooden frame of the house has been erected but before the drywall has been installed. A framing inspection includes examining the building’s structure as well as the rough installations for the electrical, heating and air conditioning, and plumbing systems. Keep in mind no home “fails” an inspection, but serious issues with the structure may present delays.