From my book “The Ultimate Homebuyer’s Handbook”
Chapter 13 What Falls through the cracks …
If you’ve read the previous chapters you’ve learned how to get a quality inspection and how to follow up on concerns that may be raised by the inspection. Unfortunately, your journey hasn’t ended. The fact is: the home inspection does not deal with many important systems and concerns that could be a source of aggravation or expense. You need to be aware of these and follow up, where appropriate.
Please note that, out of the below list typically only one to as much as seven of these concerns may be relevant to the property you are buying. They are the outliers, the problems or systems not typically found in most homes. Some of these items are included because everyone thinks are part of the home inspection – but they aren’t. Some are excluded as they may require specialized knowledge while other are excluded for the opposite reason: they require no special knowledge and any buyer can recognize their condition. Other excluded items, I should note, require invasive procedures. But all of the concerns in this chapter are potentially important and you neglect them at your peril.