Q: What is a home inspection?
A: A home inspection is an all-encompassing examination of the condition of a home performed by a licensed home inspector.
Q: Why should I have a home inspection done?
A: Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about your new home before you purchase it. A home inspection will point out the positive aspects of the home, the condition of the property, and the need for any major repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put your house in better selling condition.
Q: Can a house fail a home inspection?
A: No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
Q: What if the report reveals problems?
A: All homes (even new construction) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Having a home inspection allows the problem to be addressed before the sale closes.
Q: Why can’t I inspect the home myself?
A: A licensed home inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance, and home safety. Home inspectors are specially trained to look for things you may miss.
Q: Do I have to be there?
A: While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
Q: How long will the inspection take?
A: A typical home inspection will take between 2 to 4 hours depending on the size and age of the home with an additional 2 to 4 hours off-site generating a detailed report for the client.
Q: What is covered in a standard home inspection?
A: Condition of the home’s:
Q: Who is the cheapest? Inspectors all look at the same things, right?
A: You may save $50 by choosing a cheaper inspector, and he could miss a $1,000 problem. A thorough and experienced home inspector is the best route to take.