An inspection of older homes requires focus on the foundation, wall covering (which provide clues to any foundation movements), structure, electrical, plumbing and heating systems. Although it’s often difficult to see floor and wall framing, problems such as the structure being out of plumb, out of level, or not flat can indicate structural issues. Foundation failure or repairs can be especially expensive, and parts of it may be hidden. Experience counts for a lot in evaluating these structures.
… My realtor gave me a list of recommended inspectors. I purposely didn’t go with any of them as I felt I would be better represented with someone more independent.
… My wife and I were pretty set on purchasing this house. The inspection with all the details and defects helped us to know what we were getting ourselves into, and also saved us money by having the sellers split the difference.