What is a Home Inspection?

March 31, 2017

A home inspection is a visual inspection that determines the condition of the homes major systems. A licensed home inspector will provide a written report for a home buyer or seller, which explains the state of everything inspected. This report will contain the detailed information of the property and is usually provided within 24 hours after the inspection is complete. The inspection report will include photos, videos and will contain any notes from the inspector’s findings.


Here are some key areas that should always be covered in the report:

  • Structure including foundation and frame of the home

  • Exterior including siding, porches, soffit, railings and driveway

  • Roof including shingles, skylights, flashings and eves

  • Electrical systems including panels, breakers and fuses

  • Plumbing including water heater, pipes, drains and sump pump

  • Heating systems including furnace and vents

  • Cooling systems

  • Interior including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings

  • Insulation and Ventilation in attics and other unfinished spaces

  • Fireplaces, chimney and vents


Here are some things that may or may not be included in the report:

  • Swimming Pools and hot tubs

  • Kitchen appliances

  • Lawn sprinkler systems

  • Security alarm system

  • Well systems

  • TV satellite dishes or antennas

  • Code compliance

  • Termite and pest report


We work with several licensed home inspectors who provide in-depth reports and expert analysis during their inspections.  Call us today at 216.309.0567 or email brock@brockmalinowski.com for a list of our preferred home inspectors!