When you are buying a home, it is likely that most, if not all, of your appliances are included with the sale. This would include common things like your dishwasher, stove, microwave, and sometimes your washer and dryer. Since these are not your appliances, you want to make sure they are in good working order before closing on the home. Your home will undergo a Tampa home inspection, but you need to verify what, if any, appliances this covers. Your Tampa home inspector may not look at all of any of your appliances, meaning you may be surprised down the road that you find problems with them.

The good news is, your Tampa home inspection should cover all included appliances; important to note, however, is that they don’t cover any added appliances, such as a countertop microwave, unless otherwise specified. The inspection will check that your dishwasher is functioning properly without any leaks and that all parts are in good order. They will also inspect your stove and oven, checking that gas stoves aren’t leaking gas and they both gas and electric cooktops are getting hot and all knobs work. The inspection will also cover your garbage disposal, an often forgotten but necessary kitchen appliance.

There are a few appliances that your inspector may not check; the refrigerator can sometimes be overlooked, as many inspectors do not consider this to be a built-in appliance. If you are concerned about the state of the fridge, bring this up with the inspector ahead of time. Your washer and dryer may not be included either, especially if they are located somewhere segregated like the garage, as this would not count them as built-ins. If they are not covered by your inspection, you can run your own tests to make sure they are working.

Inspecting your appliances during your home inspection will report if any of the appliances don’t work or have visual flaws such as broken parts. What it will not do, however, is look at the mechanics to determine if any components are going bad. This means that everything could work on the day of the inspection, but when you move in, it could break the first time you try and use it. This is part of the risk of buying a home, so make sure you have an emergency fund for issues that arise, and always do a thorough home inspection with a trained professional. For more information you can contact us at http://radiantinspect.com/