Frequently Asked Questions
WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should lear as much as you can about the condition of a property and the need for any major repairs before you buy. Of course, a home inspection can also point out positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good condition. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the house you are about to purchase. If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measure, which might help you, avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
A home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s: heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, celinings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement or attic and visible portions of structure(s) as outlined in the standards of practice.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. The fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age and possible additional services, such as sprinkler system, security, septic systems and other items that may be offered.
CAN A HOUSE FAIL INSPECTION?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its current physical condition and indicate what may need immediate repair or replacement and can provide details about how long components typically may last.
WHEN DO I CALL IN THE HOME INSPECTOR?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign a purchase agreement, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the sales contract making your final purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection.
DO I HAVE TO BE THERE?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions directly, as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it. You rill also find the written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.