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Home Inspections.. So what are they anyway?

For many first time home buyer's getting a home inspection can seem confusing and sometimes overwhelming

As a rule of thumb, think of a home inspection like a visit to the doctor. Your doctor takes looks at several of your body’s individual components – reflexes, blood pressure, and medical history – to make an overall all determination of your health. Home inspectors work in much the same way.

Since every property is different, the specifics of what is checked during your home’s inspection may very slightly. But our inspectors at Commercial & Residential Inspection suggests that qualified inspectors will check the following areas:

  • Foundation and basement
  • Any additional structural components
  • Interior plumbing systems
  • Interior electrical systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Condition of windows
  • Condition of doors and door frames
  • Condition of floors, walls, and ceilings
  • The attic and any visible insulation


What Doesn’t An Inspection Cover?

Of course, no single inspection is going to cover every aspect of your new home. Be aware that there are limits to what an inspector will check, and make sure to ask the inspector if you think there is an area of your home you think might not be covered by the inspection.

Here are some areas that don’t often make the cut for home inspectors and may require another professional:

  • Inside the walls
  • Roof or chimney repairs
  • Septic tanks
  • Wells, sheds, or additional structures separate from the main house


Just because something isn’t covered in a home inspection, don’t think that it can’t be inspected. You may simply have to look into other sources. If there is an aspect of your new property that is giving you pause, do some research. Ask your realtor about the possibility of getting it checked out so that you can go through the rest of the transaction with confidence.

Did you know that we recommend that buyers attend their property inspection?

They see it as an opportunity to thoroughly answer any questions that the buyers may have about the property’s condition. Most also will provide instructions on how to maintain the property after settlement.

In return for their instructions, it’s your job to be respectful of the inspector’s time. We know that it’s difficult to remain unemotional when it comes to buying a home – especially if unforeseen complications keep popping up. Our professionals have worked with homes in the Phoenix, Arizona area for over 30 years and have seen nearly every home inspection issue/complication under the Phoenix sun! So you can rest easy knowing that your home inspection is in good hands!

Also remember the inspector is not responsible for making any repairs, only identifying them. However, our inspectors can recommend the necessary professionals that can help make repairs!