The purpose of the inspection is to identify material defects within the different areas and components of your home. A material defect is an issue with a system or component of a home that may have a significant effect on the value of the house or poses a potential safety risk. Some examples of material defects would be faulty electrical wiring, cracked stairs, leaky pipes, rotting support beams, broken windows, or rusted vents.
It is important to note that a home inspection is only going to identify material defects observable/accessible on the date of the inspection. An inspector is not required to make any predictions regarding component life expectancy, the cause of any observed defects, or future issues.
Also, if any section of the home is inaccessible or deemed unsafe, the inspector is not required to check any components in that area. This is why we advise that home sellers make sure that space around key access points and utilities are cleared of all obstacles.
If discussed prior to the inspection process, the scope of the inspection can be modified to match your requirements/concerns. For example, Safeguard also offers specialized inspections for sewers and fire prevention systems.