What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of accessible systems and components of a dwelling, from the foundation to the chimney cap. A home inspector is impartial, and has no interest in the sale or purchase of the house. It is important to know that home inspectors are generalists, not specialists. A home inspection is not unlike a visit to the family doctor for an annual check-up. In the event that problems are suspected in a particular system, a home inspector may refer you to a specialist, such as qualified electrical contractor, or structural engineer, for further evaluation. A home inspection is not an exhaustive, invasive evaluation of all the individual systems of a home. Such inspections usually require an industry specialist for each system (structural, electrical, plumbing, HVAC etc.) and would be cost- prohibitive and in most cases unnecessary.
How long does an inspection take?
It depends on the size of the property. Most home inspections take about 3 hours, however larger dwellings can take 4-5 hours or more.
How do I find out the results of the home inspection?
You will receive a detailed home inspection report via email that presents the findings of your inspection within 24 hours. Your report will contain pictures of selected system defects along with recommendations for further actions if needed.
Should I attend the home inspection?
It is certainly not required, however you are always welcome to attend. Being present allows you to ask questions and provides you with a better understanding of the final home inspection report. Attending the home inspection is a good way learn how to shut off the gas, water, and electrical systems in case of an emergency. Due to safety and liability considerations, the roof inspection is the only area that most inspectors will request that the client remain on the ground.
What if the home inspection uncovers a lot of problems?
This is actually why getting an inspection is so important. Gaining knowledge of a dwelling’s flaws and positive attributes is essential for a purchase of this magnitude. Even the most attractive homes can have hidden defects, and practically all homes will have issues to some degree. Even if significant flaws are discovered, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t purchase the house. However, having knowledge of the home’s systems will give you negotiating power for a lower priced offer. Talk with your realtor. As a seller, knowing the condition of your home can help you decide if you would like to make repairs or upgrades prior to listing the property for sale.