Do Home Inspectors Check Appliances?
Absolutely, however we don’t inspect all appliances. Let me explain:
All “permanent” kitchen appliances, such as built in microwaves, dishwashers, garbage disposals, ovens/stoves, range-hood exhaust systems (sometimes this is the microwave) are part of the standard TREC home inspection and you will find these items near the bottome of the report, in section 5 (V). The garage door opener, if there is one, will also be listed in this section, as well as bathroom exhaust fans and the dryer-vent.
Common defects of these appliances include ovens whose internal thermostat is more than 25 degrees inaccurate, dishwashers whose sprayer arms don’t function, garbage disposals missing grinding teeth, range-hood exhaust systems with very dirty/greasy grills or inoperative lights, and garage door-openers whose photo-sensors are positioned too high above the floor. Of course you will always see any deficiencies with any of the above components listed in the report.
Some appliances that may be present at time of inspection are NOT included in the standard inspection. Common items would include refrigerators and washers or dryers. These items are outside the scope of the inspection, although we still like to check for any visible rust or corrosion on the above. We also aren’t appliance repair guys, so any issues you have with these appliances we’d rather you ask someone more qualified.
Also to keep in mind: we don’t move heavy things, or any things for that matter, so if we see a refrigerator in place, we will have to disclose that we can’t inspect what is behind it. This is important for ice-maker lines, so we recommend that if you want these areas inspected you have the items pulled out in advance.
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