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If you are buying a home, a home inspector will ensure the systems and foundation of the home are free from severe damage that may increase your liability in the future. Likewise, if you are selling a home, failing to receive a satisfactory home inspection will make it difficult to sell your property. 
 
General home inspection items include:

  • Structural elements of the home (walls, ceilings, floors, roof, foundation, etc.)
  • Exterior (landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, windows, trim, etc.)
  • Roofing (ventilation, framing, gutters, etc.)
  • Plumbing (drain, waste, pipes, toilets, showers, sinks, etc.)
  • Electrical (circuit breakers, main panel, wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, light fixtures, etc.)
  • Appliances (dishwasher, oven, garbage disposal, etc.)

 
If you are purchasing a home, you need to know any underlying issues with the home before you close the deal. A professional home inspector will disclose any known problems with the home that may affect your buying decision.
 
If you are selling a home, you should know about any hidden problems before your home goes on the market. Usually, buyers will require a professional home inspection as one of the conditions before they decide to purchase. If the inspector addresses any serious problems, the buyer could back away from the deal. Any issues with the home should be fixed before your home is listed on the market. This will make selling your home easier.