Appliances 101 Home Inspection
Inspecting Home Appliances
Home appliances are the workhorses of daily life. You use them daily to cook, make hot drinks, clean dishes, and preserve food. Built-in appliances are standard in most modern homes. Built-in appliances are fundamental components of a habitable structure, cooking is a part of that so, for example, a Housing & Urban Development (HUD) inspection would require a range and oven to pass their minimum standard inspection.
Your inspector will visually inspect and test built-in appliances as part of your home to assure they are in safe working order and present no hazards to your home.
Your home inspection includes a professional examination of certain built-in appliances:
- Sink disposal
- Microwave oven
- Trash compactor (if noted as included otherwise not)
Overall, your home inspector is looking to identify material defects and safety hazards. A defect may be a repair, maintenance or improvement consideration with or without a safety association. Safety hazards include things like a tiny connection gas leak from a built-in range, or water leak from a dishwasher that can create a deadly mold infestation.
Your written report will describe the condition of the appliance and any recommended repairs or remediation as well as noting the importance of any hazardous observation.
During the inspection your inspector will test on and off switches, fuel and water flow as well as drainage systems.
The appliance inspection does not include free-standing items:
- Water softener
- Water purifier/filter
- Wine refrigerator
- Built-in blender
- Built-in refrigerators (ex. Sub-zero or Viking)
If you require additional appliance inspections, your inspector will be able to refer you to a local professional.
A detailed inspection of built-in appliances is often an integral component of your property inspection. For some home inspectors an appliance inspection is either not included or is an optional inspection at an additional fee. Ask your inspector if built-in appliances are included in the inspection.
Take a look at the other 101 introductions to learn what else your home inspector sees when he takes a professional look at your property.