A home inspection is a thorough examination of a house or other dwelling, carried out by a qualified professional known as a home inspector. The purpose of a home inspection is to identify any defects or problems with the property that may affect its value or safety.
During a home inspection, the inspector will typically examine the condition of the home's structure, including the foundation, framing, walls, floors, and roof. They will also look at the plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling systems, as well as appliances, windows, doors, and other features.
After completing the inspection, the inspector will prepare a written report detailing the condition of the property and any issues that were identified. The report is typically provided to the prospective buyers or sellers of the property, and can be used to inform negotiations or to make repairs before the sale is finalized.
Home inspections are not required, but are useful if you are able to perform one as part of the process of buying or selling a home, and are typically paid for by the buyer. However, they can also be useful for homeowners who want to assess the condition of their home and identify any issues that need to be addressed.