What to Expect

What to Expect During Your Home Inspection

Homes come in all shapes and sizes, so not every home inspection is exactly alike. However, your NPI inspector will always perform a visual, non-invasive inspection of hundreds of your home’s essential components, complete with a comprehensive digital report of their findings packed with digital photographs. 


Areas covered during an inspection fall under four categories: 

Exterior. Your inspector begins with a thorough assessment of the home’s lot and grounds, including the driveway, sidewalks and grading. An exterior inspection also includes evaluation of the roof, gutters, windows and siding, as well as any decks or patios. 

Interior. Moving inside, your NPI inspector identifies issues with the home’s walls and ceilings, looking for signs of water intrusion, cracks or other potential issues. An inspection of the home’s doors comes next, as well as any fireplaces and built-in appliances. 

Structural Components. Your home’s structural components include its foundation, floor/slab, framing and attic. All visible areas of these structures are thoroughly examined for safety, integrity and quality of workmanship. 

Major Systems. All accessible portions of the home’s major systems, including heating, air conditioning, and plumbing, are inspected in their entirety. This includes the furnace, air conditioning unit, ductwork (as access allows), water heater, plumbing fixtures, and hot/cold water supply. Your inspector will also carefully evaluate the home’s electrical system, including the electrical service entrance and panel, as well as electrical circuits and outlets. 

Add-on Services. If you choose, your NPI inspector may also be able to check your home for radon, mold, wood-destroying organisms (WDO), water quality, and more, giving you an even fuller picture of the home’s condition. You should check with your local inspector to determine which add-on services they recommend for your unique area and property.