A general home inspection is a visual evaluation of the conditions that are present at the time of the inspection. Even a great home inspector cannot predict the future or see behind walls, but he or she does examine every item that can be reasonably accessed and report his or her findings.
At this point he home still belongs to the seller. Therefore, the inspector will not disassemble appliances, puncture walls, pull up carpet, or otherwise damage the property.
What the inspector looks at is dictated by the scope of standards set out by state or industry organizations. In general, these systems are as follows:
Exterior and siding
Heating and air conditioning
Interior – water penetration
The following types of items are considered outside the general scope of a home inspection. When ordering multiple inspections from a home inspection company, make sure your inspector is licensed as required by the state or certified to perform the extra services.
Termites and other wood destroying insects or organisms
Mold/indoor air quality
Stucco (core condition/materials)
Pools and sprinklers
Engineering foundation evaluation
Insurability of any item
Tips for the Inspection Day
Attend the inspection
Make sure your inspector will have access to all areas of the home.
If the house is vacant, be sure utilities will be on and available for the inspection.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes so you can accompany the inspector.
Let the inspector know about any concerns you have prior to the start of the inspection.