What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. It is not a guarantee, warranty or an insurance policy.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover 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, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components
Why do I need a home inspection?
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 newly constructed or existing 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.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive 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
The house is only 2 years old, why should I get an inspection?
No house is perfect. Even brand new homes may have problems which can prove costly to remedy due to improper installation of building materials or cost cutting by the builder.
Will you tell me how much I should pay for the house?
No. An inspection is not an appraisal. The value of a home depends on many factors, including what similar properties have sold for, proposed developments in the neighborhood, and how the current owner has maintained and decorated the building. An inspection focuses on the current physical condition of the building.
What will it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or radon testing.
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide.
Do you inspect septic systems?
No. A septic system inspection requires that the tank be pumped out and the field be tested in order to properly check its condition. Home inspectors are neither trained nor equipped to perform this function.
Do you go up on the roof?
Absolutely. An inspector has to get "up close and personal" with a roof to determine the condition of the roofing components such as shingles, flashing, chimney etc. The only time I will not go on a roof is if it is dangerous due to factors such as ice, heavy snow load or excessive slope
Can a house fail a home inspection?
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.
How long does an inspection take?
Most inspections take between 2 ½ and 3 hours but depending on the property being inspected, the times can vary. A small 1 bedroom condo can be done in an hour if there is nothing really wrong but a triplex can take up to 4 hours to do. A commercial inspection can range from a few hours to a complete day depending on how many inspectors are involved.