Washington Management Real Estate

Generally, a whole house inspection is intended to disclose any major defect that might materially affect the property, not minor routine maintenance and repair items. The inspection is in no way a guarantee or warranty and does not replace homeowners' warranty insurance.

The following items are areas that the inspector routinely examines:

Items generally not inspected:
  • Security systems
  • pools/pool equipment
  • hot tub
  • radon
  • asbestos
  • lead
  • indications of wood destroying insects
The inspector will ask the person paying for the inspection to sign an agreement before proceeding. Payment for the inspection is usually due at the time of inspection.

Most inspectors will prefer that the buyer (if they are paying for the inspection) be present. It is not necessary for the sellers to accompany the inspector throughout the house; however, they may if they so choose. The real estate agent may be present. Some inspectors may inspect items not included in this guide. A written report will be provided to the person paying for the inspection. You may wish to have additional items inspected that are not included in the whole house inspection. 

Recommendations from people who have had satisfactory experiences with inspectors in the past is one method of selecting a firm. If you must select at random, check the Yellow Pages under Building Inspection Services. Further, check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against any company that your are considering. 

These suggestions are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a prerequisite to the inspection.