A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive, visual examination of the condition of a home, often when the home is being bought and sold. Home inspections are usually conducted by a licensed home inspector who has the training to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and presents to the client a written report of findings. The client will use the inspector’s information to make informed decisions about their pending home purchase. The home 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 home inspector is sometimes confused with a real estate appraiser. A home inspector determines the condition of a home or structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property. In the United States, The state of Florida regulates home inspectors, there are various professional associations for home inspectors that provide education, training, and networking opportunities, such as the ACICP. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an inspection to verify compliance with appropriate codes; building inspection is a term often used for building code compliance inspections in the United States. Home inspections identify problems but building diagnostics identifies solutions to the found problems and their predicted outcomes.