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Different types of inspections

There are two types of inspections commonly performed; mechanical and structural. It's a good idea to get both. Some home inspection companies provide both types of inspections but it is not unusual to arrange for a mechanical inspection and also for a structural inspection. If the property has a septic system, for example, it's a good idea to also have an inspection performed on the septic tank.

The mechanical inspection covers all of the working components in the home such as the heating systems, cooling systems, plumbing, electrical systems, and appliances that stay with the property such as a dishwasher.

A structural inspection covers the foundation, roof, and the overall construction of the property and alerts the homebuyer to any defects that might not be visible to the untrained eye.

If the property has a septic system, for example, it's a good idea to also have an inspection performed on the septic tank also.

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