Home inspections provide you, the buyer, with information about how your future home could be defective or unsafe with major issues. Inspections prior to purchasing will give you the chance to walk away from an offer that seems great but could be hiding something that can cost you additional money in the long run.
One part of the exterior inspection is the foundation. Normally the foundation is not visible directly, so the inspector can examine cracks or settling, which are secondary evidence of foundation issues. Other areas for exterior inspection include, but are not limited to, the roof and garage (if any). It is important to know whether there’s any water damage, like attic leaks or mold and mildew, or defects in the roofing material, which could greatly impact the home's structural integrity. If there is a garage, the home inspector will, amongst other things, test that it is ventilated properly, and if it correctly opens/closes.
During the interior inspection of your future home, the inspector will run tests for faulty plumbing and electrical. This includes checking for leaks and water pressure in faucets and showers, pinpointing and examining the state of what pipes the home has, the type of wiring used, and any hazards that could arise from these two aspects of the home. Other areas for interior inspection include, but are not limited to, the working state of the water heater and the bathroom(s).
In the event that there are ever problems with the water heater, it’s important to understand how old it is, possibly how many functioning years it has left, what condition it’s in, etc. Buying a new home only to find out the bathroom(s) is not functional could set you back weeks to move in. Leaks, proper ventilation, and a correctly installed toilet, are a few things the home inspector will check for.