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From a home inspector's point of view, walls are anything that connects the ceiling and floor of your home. Most modern homes have walls constructed of studs, insulation, drywall and plaster. Most walls also house wiring and plumbing.
Checking out a home's walls can tell a home inspector quite a bit about the house itself. If the walls are stained or have loose plaster, it can be a sign of a water leak. If the walls are cracked and/or less than vertical, it could indicate an issue with the home's foundation or support beams. Another part of inspecting walls is checking to make sure that the room's outlets are safely installed and operational.