what is not included in a home inspection

What is NOT included in a home inspection?

Knowing what is NOT included in a home inspection is just as important as knowing what IS included.

Because when there are thousands of parts operating in sync at all times inside your home, you need to know exactly what is – and isn’t – inspected so you don’t end up frustrated and disappointed if you run into a problem later.

And there are SEVERAL things that areor may becomeexcluded from home inspection services for one reason or another. 

Here are the most common ones we face:

#1 - things not connected to the home

It’s not connected to the home (for example, the fence, property lines, hot tubs, or its market value).


#2 - an aftermarket or seasonal system

An aftermarket or seasonal system (like a security system, sprinkler system, ethernet, telephone system, cable system, surround sound system, intercom system, humidifier, water softener, or water purifier).


#3 - requires specialized training or knowledge

It requires specialized training or knowledge (such as a swimming pool, fireplace, mold testing, radon gas testing, lead-based paint, and asbestos). These require a specially trained technician.


#4 - does not stay with the home

It doesn’t stay with the home after you move in (like the refrigerator and washer/dryer).


#5 - it is cosmetic

It’s cosmetic (carpet stains, small holes in walls, scratches on wood floors or countertops).


#6 - anything blocked, locked, or inaccessible

Anything blocked, locked, turned off, or inaccessible:

  1. water
  2. crawlspace
  3. main electrical panel
  4. gas
  5. fireplace
  6. furnace cover
  7. water heater
  8. electricity
  9. roof
  10. garage
  11. attic access

This is a MAJOR CONCERN because it happens often and can restrict the area of some major components.

And since home sellers can be sensitive about having their things moved, it’s in your best interest to ENSURE these areas are unblocked and unlocked BEFORE your home inspection.

Otherwise, you may want the home inspectors to go back and inspect those areas once they’re made accessible, which will cost you money.


There it is.

These are the most common areas that are – or can be – EXCLUDED from your home inspection.

This list is created to help you go into your own home inspection with your eyes open, so you get the absolute most out of it the first time.

If you want more, here is the complete list of home inspector standards according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

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