General Home inspections include the main 5 systems of a house:
- Heating and Cooling (HVAC)
What is the home inspector looks for?
Plumbing: any leaks, how well sinks and tubs drain, water pressure (should be about 80-100 PSI), check if the water gets hot in every fixture, will inspect every bathroom, check for evidence of water damage, tile grout and cauking, sink connections, garbage disposals, any visiable water lines (check if its galvanized, copper, or pex) and waste lines (overall condition, material: ABS or cast iron. The water hearter, making sure EQ straps, that the exhaust is upward sloping and to code.
Electrical: test every outlet, run kitchen appliances (Except Washer Dryer), check list??
In addition to the main 5 systems, the home inspector will also look at the lot, driveway, sidewalk, garage, in the crawl space in a raised foundation house (houses on slabs have no crawl space), and the attic for pitced roofs if they are accessible.
Home inspectors are jacks of all trades, so they are a master of everything and master of nothing, they can go very wide and shallow but not deep. They can spot problems but they aren’t in the business of fixing them. They will usually call in a specialist if they see anything wrong in their inspection.