A professional home inspection is a process of visually analyzing the performance of house systems and components, keeping in mind the accepted building practices at the time of construction. Our job is to answer the questions, "does it work?" and "is it safe?"
The purpose of a professional home inspection is to visually identify safety issues, potentially expensive defects and their implications. Although we do in clude maintenance items in my report as a courtesy, it is important to know that the purpose is to focus on the issues that are most likely to affect a person's decision to buy the house, rather than uncover every possible imperfection (that is, unless paying an inspector tens of thousands of dollars to spend weeks on one home sounds appealing).