A property inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Property inspections are usually conducted by a property inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The property inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
A property inspector is sometimes confused with a real estate appraiser. A property inspector determines the condition of a structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property. There are various professional associations for property inspectors that provide education, training, and networking opportunities. A professional property inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. Property inspections identify problems but building diagnostics identifies solutions to the found problems and their predicted outcomes.
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