MI 6.0 hours Benefits of a Professional Home Inspection (elective) - Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus:

6.0 Elective Hours

The inspector examines a home considering three key elements that define the home and its condition, exterior, structure, and interior.

The exterior is the weatherproof shell that protects the structure from weather elements. The main exterior components are the roof, flashing, soffit, fascia, and siding. The inspector examines the exterior for unsightly damage and/or damage that may compromise the structure or interior.

The structure is the core of the house that includes the foundations, basements, walls, floors, ceilings, and roof structures. It provides the weight bearing part of the house that supports the exterior and interior finishing elements. The inspector examines the structure for anything that may result in damage to the interior or exterior. The inspector also looks for evidence that another system, such as leaky plumbing, has damaged the structure.

The interior is primarily the interior wall and ceiling surfaces, the flooring and whatever other treatments may be attached to the structure, or elements of the interior, such as cabinets, fireplaces and system components such as stoves, heaters, electrical appliances and plumbing appliances. The inspector examines the interior for unsightly damage. The inspector also looks for indications that other systems have damage, such as evidence of leaking pipes inside walls or ceilings.

Upon completion of this course, the real estate professional will be able to describe the house components subject to scrutiny during an inspection, and what might indicate problems or deficiencies.