Home Buyer Inspection

Home Inspection Report SampleThis is the most common inspection on the market. This type of inspection is sometimes called a pre-closing inspection since the inspection is done once the contract is accepted and the inspection is needed so the home can be accepted or closed. This is a thorough inspection where the attic, crawlspace, foundation, roof, interior, exterior, appliances, plumbing, electrical, fireplace, and more of the home’s attributes are checked.

New Construction Home Inspection

This is an important inspection to have since the home’s longevity and safety start at this point. Buyers can often choose to do a phase inspection to ensure accuracy before things like plumbing and electrical are covered behind drywall. New homes are seldom perfect and this type of inspection will ensure that the home and the occupants’ best interests are covered.

Pre-Listing Inspection

This is also called a seller’s inspection since this type of inspection is done before the seller lists the property. The benefit of this type of inspection is to inform the seller exactly what shape the home is in. Issues can be addressed before the buyer sees the home. This will build confidence in the property being viewed that the seller maintains the house. This type of inspection equates to more interested buyers, quicker sales since negotiations will be eliminated, and avoid last-minute repair hassles that could delay closing.

Efficiency Inspection

This is not a home energy audit. However, your inspector is going to take additional time to inspect the efficiency of your home. He will be able to tell convert the insulation depth/thickness to the current R-Value as well as use thermal imaging to inspect each of the windows and exterior doors to check for failed seals, temperature drops, voids and missing insulation that can end up costing you more money over time in your heating and cooling expenses. The interior walls will each be thermally imaged to assist in early detection of leaks, hot and cold spots.

Builder’s Warranty Inspection

Builders often give the seller a 12 or 24-month warranty to fix any issues found in or around the home. This type of inspection should be done one month prior to the expiration of that warranty to ensure that any problems found, will be the builder’s responsibility to cover those costs.

Commercial Inspection

This is usually requested by a company or investment firm. This type of inspection is used on commercially zoned businesses or residential property, housing over four or more residents. There is usually a main report covering the roof, crawlspace, and any shared or connected aspect of the property. And then, individual reports will be generated specifically for each dwelling.

Visual Inspection

This inspection covers all of the home and its inner workings just like a regular home inspection. The only difference with this inspection, there is not a report generated after the inspection is complete. This type of inspection is sometimes used annually or every 5 years to ensure that the home is running in peak performance with no safety issues. Also, if a home inspection is not required, the client might utilize this type of inspection to learn more about what to do with the property without paying the additional cost for the report.

Maintenance and Safety Inspection

This type of inspection focuses on finding potential problems with the home. This allows the inspector to examine safety concerns that you may not be aware of, by using equipment that tests for issues that cannot be normally found. The items in need of repair or maintenance and safety concerns will be addressed in the report.

Zone Inspection

This is an alternative inspection offered to a buyer that only wants a certain aspect of their home inspected such as the plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, roof, etc. This is a focused or limited inspection on just one area of the home and other issues will not be addressed as per the client’s request.


Any item or items that are found during the regular home inspection, which calls for a professional to have fixed, is the reason behind this inspection. It is, most likely, up to the seller to have any of the repairs made. To ensure the accuracy of those repairs, a re-inspection is recommended. This type of inspection confirms that the safety of the occupants and the longevity of the home, with all its inner workings, have been properly addressed by an unbiased third-party inspector.

Asbestos Inspection

This type of inspection is also an intrusive inspection. This means the surface might have to be scratched or even removed to verify. Most of the time, this is done in a closet or at a corner of an exterior siding. The sample will be given to a scientist at a lab for further examination. Results from that lab will be submitted to the client. This type of inspection confirms the safety of the occupants.

Mold or Indoor Air Quality Testing

This type of inspection is done with a certified, often calibrated, type of machine specifically designed for air quality testing. The pump drawls in a specific volume of air which is captured onto a lab specified spore trap. The collected air or surface sample quires a release of liability form and is overnight delivered the same day of testing. A scientific lab analyses the data and sends a detailed report of the findings to the inspector and the client. This unbiased result ensures accuracy since it has no ties to the inspected property.

Water Testing

This type of inspection tests potable, static, or dynamic pressure of the property’s water. The potable test includes testing the water’s contaminated buildup. Bacteria, lead, nitrates, nitrates, coliform, e-coli, arsenic, etc. can be found in Idaho’s drinking water. The static test is to ensure the water is functioning at an average rate. To little pressure and certain plumbing fixtures or appliances will not operate properly. Over pressured systems can cause systems to break and require a pressure reducer or/and anti-siphoning system to be installed. The dynamic pressure test helps ensure that enough pressure will be maintained in the case multiple plumbing faucets are opened at one time. This type of test can sometimes find leaks that are hidden behind walls. In addition, this test can ensure a specific volume of water will be maintained without an aquifer drying up while being used.

Radon Testing

This type of inspection is complex and should be monitored for a minimum of 48 hours. It is recommended that the home be vacant, the windows remain closed, the a/c or furnace unit be run at a minimum, etc for this type of test. We offer several types of tests to read the concentrated gas levels. An unofficial result gives a digital reading on a wall-mounted device after a minimal time. The official results test has a printed readout of the home’s absorbed radon levels, humidity, etc. The third type of radon test is where the media is left at the property and when the minimal time elapses, the monitor is collected and delivered to a third-party lab for analysis of the data. Both official results tests come with a specific printout of the rests for better clarity of the findings.

Boise Home Inspections performs all these types of inspections, in addition to many others. 

Most of these inspections will be tested with an infrared camera, gas detector, electrical testers, and many more. If you have questions regarding which type of instruments will be utilized during your inspection, please ask and we will be glad to show you everything we used to ensure accuracy of these tests.