A 4-point home inspection is sometimes necessary when purchasing an older house. During the examination, four main areas of the house are examined: electrical, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), plumbing, and roofing systems. The inspector evaluates these components for safety hazards and potential maintenance needs. Potential buyers want to be aware of issues that may need attention, and an inspection can help them make an informed decision about the purchase.

What is a 4-Point Home Inspection?

A 4-point home inspection can typically take between two to three hours, depending on the size and condition of the house. The inspector surveys the four main areas of the house, making notes and taking pictures to document their findings. They look for signs of damage, wear and tear, and potential problems that could affect the property’s overall condition.

The electrical system is checked for outdated wiring or safety hazards, such as frayed cords or exposed outlets. The HVAC system is inspected for proper operation. The plumbing is also evaluated to understand its age and to look for signs of leaks or other problems. Finally, the roofing system is checked for missing shingles, damaged flashing, or other structural integrity issues.

Once the inspection is complete, the inspector will provide a report that summarizes the results. The report details issues and what needs to be done to address them.

What are the Benefits of the Inspection?

A 4-point home inspection provides a buyer with valuable information about the house. It can reveal potential safety hazards or maintenance needs that need to be addressed. Some homeowners insurance companies may request a 4-point inspection on an older property. These inspections help the insurance company understand the condition of the home and the risk they take in insuring the property.

Based on the findings, the insurance company may require repairs before coverage is provided. However, some insurance companies will still offer a policy without coverage of the failing components. For example, if the plumbing system is found to be aging and in poor condition, the insurance company may not provide coverage for water damage or flood insurance.

A 4-point home inspection is an important step for buyers looking to insure their homes. It provides valuable insight into a property’s condition, identifies safety hazards or maintenance needs, and helps a buyer understand what repairs or improvements are necessary before the home can be fully insured.

First American Home Inspections offers inspection services, including 4-point inspections, in Buford and surrounding areas. Contact us to schedule an appointment.