What is a Home Inspection? The Facts Homebuyers Need to Know

If you’re buying a home for the first time, you may have heard about something called a home inspection. In fact, if you’re going to purchase a new home with a mortgage loan, your lender probably even requires it. So what is a home inspection? As the name implies, it is an examination of a home – potentially your home. Those buying a new home, as well as those selling a home, can benefit from inspections. They are particularly useful with current technology, such as the thermal inspection. Temecula home buyers can easily purchase a “problem home” without the information provided from a professional inspection. Sellers can also determine what they need to fix before listing their home on the market thanks to the guidance of an inspector. Here’s what else you need to know:
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Who Performs Home Inspections

A trained and certified inspector should always perform professional home inspections. While there are some less-than-professional inspectors out there, it’s best to stick with one who has completed multiple training programs, been certified be professional licensing bodies, and who belongs to respected trade associations. There are a few widely recognized professional associations for home inspectors in the United States that provide opportunities for education, networking and training, such as CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) and ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors).

And remember, a home inspector should not be confused with a real estate appraiser or building code compliance inspector. Your home inspector will not assess the value of the home or tell you whether it adheres to local building codes. Their job is to assess the condition of a building, and that’s all.

What You Should Expect

There are a few things you should expect with a home inspection. First of all, you should always look for an inspector that provides thermal imaging home inspection. Temecula home buyers and sellers can learn a lot about moisture levels and energy loss from these thermal images, which they might not learn until it’s too late otherwise. And regardless of what kind of inspection you’re getting, your inspector should be prepared to deliver a written findings report in 24 hours. This will inform you of the condition of the home, whether you’re buying or selling.

What to Expect During the Home Inspection Process

If you’re buying a home for the first time, chances are that you will also be investing in home inspection services for the first time. This is a requirement of virtually all lenders and realtors. A home inspection is an essential step in the home buyinghome-inspection-quote process, which involves much more than simply walking around and looking for obvious issues and problems. A professional home inspection is a comprehensive process that should take several hours to complete and delve deep into every area of the property. Here’s what you should expect, from the inspection to reporting, when working with a certified home inspector such as Russco:

Areas of the Home Requiring Inspection

Total home inspection services cover more than the home itself. A total inspection will cover all of the following areas (if applicable) with precision and attention to detail:

  • Grounds
  • Exterior Surface Areas
  • Roof Systems / Components
  • Attic
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Electrical Systems
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Water Heaters
  • Garage
  • Interior Areas
  • Pool/Spa

What Your Home Inspector Will Look For

When inspecting the grounds, exterior of the home, roofing, inside of the home, garage, electrical, plumbing, water heaters, HVAC, and additional areas such as a pool/spa (if applicable), your home inspector will be looking for various signs of damage. Your inspector will look for signs of wear and tear such items that need to replaced now or will need to be replaced soon, damage such as cracks and debris from broken components, collapsed insulation, outdated items that need to be replaced with newer/updated technology, working order of plumbing/electrical/HVAC/water-heating systems, and adherence to local building codes. You may also require a thermal inspection if suspicious conditions are found. This can help find hot and cold spots, and detect areas of moisture, which may be a sign of damage in the foundation, roof, insulation, electrical wiring and/or plumbing.

What to Expect in Your Home Inspection Report

After the inspection is complete, you will receive a home inspection report. This is typically delivered to the client and other relevant parties within 24 hours. The report should include a table with basic findings on all of the 11 above categories, as well as more detailed reporting in a separate area for each of those categories, and a list of inspection/site details. Photos should accompany any problem areas reported to show signs of damage. The report should not only list whether items are in good shape, but also whether they are present or not present and whether repair or replacement is advised in cases of damage.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of everything your home inspector will cover in their inspection. There are many things your inspector will be looking for in each of the 11 categories listed above. Just know that the inspection will be exhaustive, and will conclude in an equally exhaustive report.

About Russco

Measured by professional standards and extensive experience, Craig Russell is a CREIA and ASHI Certified Inspector with over 35 years of Residential and Commercial Construction.

Thermal Imaging

Russco Home Inspection incorporates thermal camera technology as a standard tool when potential conditions are suspected.


Clients receive a one-year FREE membership in HON (Home Owners Network) with every standard home inspection. It’s live technical support for your home! ($199 value)