Interior 101 Home Inspection
Inspecting Home Interiors
The interior of your home is where you spend time in daily activities. A professional home inspection assures that there are no structural defects or hazards in your living space. While going through your home interior the inspector checks in hidden areas for details you may not notice even though you spend every day in your home.
Your inspector will visually survey and check:
- walls, ceilings, and floors.
- steps, stairways, and railings.
- countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets.
- a representative number of doors and windows.
- garage doors and garage door operators.
- Permanently installed cooktops, mechanical range vents, ovens, dishwashers, and food waste disposals.
- Absence of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Your home inspector is checking for defects, structural damage, any biological hazards, and exposure to outdoor elements that might be hidden in the walls, windows, and door frames. He will look at under sink cabinets for any signs of leaks or deadly mold infestation. The interior inspection balances structural soundness with potential health hazards to you and your loved ones.
Your written report will itemize all findings so you have a complete idea of the entire interior with regard to safety and any remediation or repairs that need attention.
As thorough as this inspection seems, your home inspector is not required to inspect:
- paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments.
- window treatments.
- central vacuum systems.
- household appliances.
- recreational facilities – jacuzzi tubs, indoor steam saunas, indoor pools, and home gyms.
If, in the course of an inspection, your inspector notices something amiss with any of the above, he will note them in the report and suggest you contact an appropriate service. She will most likely provide local referrals in good standing.
A professional, detailed interior inspection is an integral part of your home inspection. To learn more about the details of your complete inspection, be sure to check out the other 101 introductions for a better understanding of how your inspector thoroughly examines your property.