most commonly missed inspection items

What Are the Most Commonly Missed Inspection Items?

A home inspection is a comprehensive process that entails exhaustive examinations of virtually every part of your home. But try as they might, some home inspectors miss important items from time to time.

At Guardian Angel Inspections, we follow a strict series of protocols to ensure that nothing is overlooked when you enlist our services to inspect your home. We proudly serve the South Florida area and will thoroughly inspect your residence from top to bottom. 

Let’s look at a few of the items that are included in our home inspections but are sometimes missed by other agencies.


Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units contain a series of complex components that are prone to malfunctions over time. Home inspectors should evaluate your HVAC equipment by running it through several cycles of both heating and air conditioning to ensure that it performs optimally. 

Moreover, they should inform you as to how soon you might need to consider replacing your current HVAC system. Please note, however, that the checks home inspectors perform can’t guarantee precisely when your HVAC system will go bad. Instead, inspectors will only make suggestions based on their findings.


Many home inspectors don’t access roofs during their inspections. Instead, they typically observe the structure with binoculars from ground level and rely any signs of defects or damage.

And while some home inspectors will examine the interior of your house and look for indications of leaks on the ceilings, physical access to the roof is needed to determine the actual quality of your roof and whether leaks are apparent.


A comprehensive home inspection should include a thorough examination of your appliances. Unfortunately, these are yet other items that inspectors sometimes neglect to inspect, citing they are “outside of the scope of an inspection.”

Such appliances can include:

  • Washing Machine & Clothes Dryer
  • Deep Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Range/Oven

While a home inspector isn’t responsible for running diagnostic checks on your appliances, a general examination should be expected.


This is an item that is understandably overlooked more often than not, as carpeting prevents inspectors from getting a good look at the flooring underneath. However, home inspectors will provide a more thorough examination of your flooring if you know there is damage somewhere and request a closer look.

You may have water damage or mold that needs to be addressed. And the only way to verify such concerns is to pull up the carpeting at your request (and more importantly, with the homeowner’s consent.)


There is a number of potential issues that can cause problems with your grading. When this happens, you may notice water infiltrating your home at the foundation or damage to the exterior.

Issues like soil settling or faulty gutter installation can result in grading problems. In some cases, builder error is responsible for grading issues.

But unless you believe you have grading problems, your home inspector might not be able to thoroughly access it to inspect it, especially if you have shrubbery in the way.

Moreover, you may need to first remove anything blocking your foundation before your home inspector can perform a complete inspection of your home’s grading.

What to Do During Your Home Inspection

When you hire a home inspector to examine your property, it’s a good idea to make sure you can be present while the inspection is going on. This will allow you to ask questions and take important notes.

If you are considering buying a house, you should ask the realtor to make provisions that allow the home inspector to have complete access to important sections, such as the attic and crawl spaces.

The seller should likewise make their home accessible to the inspector by removing anything that could interfere or prevent a comprehensive inspection from being performed.

If you require a home inspection in South Florida for any reason, contact Guardian Angel Inspections today. We will be happy to provide our services for your home or a property that you are considering buying.  

Call Guardian Angel Inspections in South Florida

Guardian Angel Inspections Inc. delivers professional home inspection services for your peace of mind. Regardless of your needs, you can trust our inspection experts to meet them. For example, you might be:

  • A potential buyer making sure a property is safe
  • A seller checking what items need addressing before listing
  • A current homeowner needing an insurance inspection
  • A real estate agent trying to find their client the best inspection company

We can inspect your property to make sure that everything is in proper working order. So call Guardian Angel Inspections today to discuss your home inspection needs. You can reach us at (561) 512-7854.

The information in this blog post is for reference only and not legal advice. As such, you should not decide whether to contact a lawyer based on the information in this blog post. Moreover, there is no lawyer-client relationship resulting from this blog post, nor should any such relationship be implied. If you need legal counsel, please consult a lawyer licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.