Frequently Asked Questions
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation. A home inspection provides an independent opinion of the condition of the property at the time of the inspection. An inspector typically spends approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours evaluating a home, depending on the size and condition of the home. The inspector may recommend further evaluation if problems or symptoms are discovered during the inspection.
Why have my home inspected?
For many people, their home is their greatest investment. It is very important to know what YOU, the primary investor, are getting for your money. Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge, and training to make an impartial and informed report of the condition of a property. A home inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. A home inspector understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail. The home inspector knows what to look for and is able to interpret what their findings reveal about the condition of the property. For the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.
My home inspection is an excellent tool to help determine not only the condition of the home, but also to help anticipate any immediate unnecessary additional costs that may be overlooked without the aid of a home inspection. Inspections are not a prediction of future performance, but they can pinpoint existing problem areas.
If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection can identify potential problems and suggest preventive measures that may help you avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can provide you with the opportunity to make cost-effective repairs that will put your home in better selling condition.
When should I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
How do I choose a home inspector?
Word of mouth, the experiences and referrals from friends and neighbors, is one of the best ways to find a home inspector. Someone who has used a home inspection service and is satisfied with the level of customer service and professionalism of that service will likely recommend a qualified professional. Be sure to choose a licensed, insured, professional home inspector.
Do I have to be there?
It is not necessary for you to be present for your home inspection, but it is highly encouraged. The inspection process can be an educational experience; being present with the inspector allows you to observe the inspection and ask the inspector questions as you learn about the condition of the home. After you have seen the property with the inspector, you will find the report easier to understand.
What if the report reveals problems?
If the inspector identifies problems in a house, it does not necessarily mean you should not buy the house. The inspector’s findings will let you know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection? Yes. You can now complete your home purchase with confidence about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. As a result of the inspection, you will have learned many things about your new home; you will want to keep that information for future reference.