• Brett Hodgdon, PE

What Your Home Inspector Won't Look For

Our Home Inspections include an evaluation of the visible structural components, roof coverings, exterior finishes and grounds, heating & cooling equipment, plumbing system, interior components and finishes, and the appliances.

That means that there are a number of areas that aren't checked, primarily due to their lack of visibility. It's important to understand what these are so you have all the information you need to make decisions and enlist professionals to further investigate potential issues.


The following is a compiled list from Chase.com on examples of what home inspectors likely will not check.


What the inspector won't check:

  • Anything that's hidden behind the walls, including plumbing and wiring. The inspector can't guarantee there isn't a problem since he can't see what's behind the walls. A home inspector can only check "readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems."

  • An inspector won't inspect any chimneys, flues or vents that aren't easily accessible.

  • Recreational facilities like tennis courts, docks or any outbuildings other than those listed above aren't checked. Inspectors also won't inspect fences, seawalls or other boundaries.

  • An inspector won't test smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, security systems or other alarm systems.

  • Inspectors don't review seasonal additions to the house like screens, screen doors, awnings, shutters or window boxes.

  • Sewage systems such as septic tanks, leach beds and cesspools aren’t included in home inspections.

  • A home inspection will not provide a value for the home. A lender may require an appraisal and while the appraisal does not provide detailed inspection, it may ask for mandatory repairs that may or may not have been identified in your home inspection.

To schedule your home inspection today, contact Kanawha Valley Engineering & Home Inspections at 304-721-9459.304-72r1-9459

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