Home Inspection: You've got Questions? We've got the Answers!

 

What is a Home Inspection?

Who needs a Home Inspection?

What does a Home Inspection include?

Can a house fail an inspection?

Why can't I do it myself?

When do I call a Home Inspector?

How long does an home inspection take?

Do I need to be present?

How much does it cost?

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

 


What is a Home Inspection?

 

A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home. The purpose is to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found, the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation. Before you close, you need to consider whether or not repairs are needed now and who's going to pay for them. This inspection report puts you in a stronger position to negotiate the repairs, and/or the cost of the property.

 

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Who needs a Home Inspection?

 

Home Buyers - 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 the house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.


Home Sellers - If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventative measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

 

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What does a Home Inspection include?

 

The home inspection report will cover the condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system; interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; interior and exterior walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, structural components and more. Included with your home inspection report, you get digital pictures, Summary of the Major Defects, Cost Range Guide, and a Pre-Closing Walk-Through Checklist.

 

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Can a house fail an inspection?

 

No. A professional home inspector does not issue a pass or fail grade on a home. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of the house. The home inspector will describe the physical condition of the home and indicate what may need to be repaired or replaced.

 

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Why can't I do it myself?

 

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks some of the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance, and home safety. He/she knows how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.

 

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When do 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.

 

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How long does an home inspection take?

 

Most home inspections take about three to four hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age and condition of the home.

 

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Do I need to be present while the house is being inspected?

 

We recommend that you be present at the site of the inspection, from start to finish. It's often helpful to be present so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have.

 

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How much does it cost to get a home inspected?

 

The price of the inspection varies based on the size of the home. Larger homes take longer to inspect, hence the fees for these homes are greater than those for a smaller home. However, don't let the price of the inspection determine whether or not you get a home inspection or the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain.

 

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If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

 

Definitely! Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You'll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report, and you will have that information for future reference.

 

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