Does a Home Inspector Look at Alarm Systems?
-Home Alarm Systems are a very common item to run into through the course of a home inspection, even on older homes. Home alarm systems are now commonly wireless in new homes, but older style alarm systems are hard-wired through the windows and doors of a home. Control panels are often found near the front entry door, and a transformer box with the battery backup and wiring for the system is typically found in a bedroom closet.
Home Alarm systems may function just fine for alerting the occupants of the home if a window or door is opened, but unless the homeowner is willing to pay a monthly fee for a company to monitor the system, alarm systems function as little more than a minor audible deterrent to would-be criminals.
Typically, Home Inspectors Don’t Inspect Alarm Systems
Generally, home inspectors do not inspect home alarm systems because they are not integral to the structural systems or of the home, and are an otherwise optional system. When we at Ensure Home Inspections come across an alarm system through the course of a home inspection, we will typically note the presence of it for a prospective home buyer. If the home-buyer is interested in finding out about rates for monitoring the alarm and the condition the equipment is in, we will gladly help to find them a number or contact-person to further assist.
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