Some people think that inspecting the attic is not important. While it is usually the last item to be checked, this is not to minimize the importance of inspecting it, it is simply my pattern of travel through a house.
Now and again I have been surprised to hear someone say they feel it is not necessary to inspect an attic. I’ve had clients say an inspector has told them, that the attic is not an area they go in for various reasons, including “That it was taken care of by the builder.”
Some houses have had the entire attic sealed shut by a builder or a home owner.
And although most attics today are not used as storage or living space as some were in the past, an attic is a very important part of a home inspection. It not only is part of the structure that keeps the water out from overhead, but it is supposed to be setup to protect a house from serious heat/cold changes with insulation and ventilation.
Basically an attic should be checked unless there is a serious reason why it should not. And this reason should be documented and the party who is having the inspection done should be advised of why.
I have refused to go into attic spaces because of animal damage and feces left in the attic.
During one inspection, the builder stated “the owners always wreck the insulation and they blame the builder”, so he seals the attic shut. The builder was still onsite when the owner unsealed the attic hatch. One room was insulated as expected. One room had two inches of insulation, and the rest had no insulation.
This is where digital cameras are priceless. I just display the picture on my computer and let the picture do the talking.
So here is what I have seen in an attic.