Hi GQ: You and Stephanie seem to have provided good answers about the specific systems an inspector should look closely at. But it is not just the specific systems that matter. The qualifications the inspector brings to the job are important. It also is crucially important the the inspector know his/her limitations. For example, most inspectors are not experts at HVAC, and these inspectors should, and usually do, suggest that the furnace or boiler be looked at by a HVAC professional and cleaned at the same time. Sometimes buyers will want additions professionals to run a scope through the sewer pipes, certify the roof or look at other systems. Here in Colorado, we sometimes use structural engineers to examine foundations because we have soil problems that can create structural issues. Some engineering companies offer the regular inspections while they are examining the foundations. So different houses may require different approaches to the inspection question.
It would be the seller's responsibility to have the utilities turned on during inspection. It sounds like this home was in foreclosure and being sold by the bank. Therefore, the circumstances are different.... more