Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a home inspection?
The sale or purchase of a home is probably the largest single financial transaction you will ever conduct. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for repairs before you buy or sell, so you can minimize difficulties and make informed decisions. A home inspection should be balanced, pointing out the positive aspects of the home as well as whatever repairs or maintenance will be needed to keep it in good condition. If you have owned your home for a long time, a home inspection can identify problems and recommend preventive measures which might help you avoid costly future repairs. Warranty inspections also fall into this category. Whether buying, selling, or simply staying, having the confidence that your home is in good condition just makes good sense!
When do I call the home inspector?
A home inspector is usually called in after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Be sure there is an inspection clause in the contract before you sign, making your purchase contingent upon the completion of a professional home inspection.
Am I allowed to attend the inspection?
Absolutely! While it is not completely necessary for you to be present, we strongly encourage it. It’s the best way to learn about the home. By observing and asking questions about specific concerns you may have, you will attain a higher degree of comfort about the condition of the home. It will also enhance your ability to get the most from the written report and you will find it easier to understand if you have seen the property for yourself. The time to inspect an average size home (2,000 sq. feet) will take approximately 3-4 hours.
What if the inspection indicates problems?
If we find problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should not buy the house, only that you now know in advance what to expect. It’s in your best interest to be as informed as possible, and the more informed you are, the better decisions you can make. We can refer you to the appropriate specialists or trades persons for further evaluation. An inspection is not a guarantee that you won’t find problems are you move in—but if you believe that the problem was readily visible at the time of inspection, call and meet with the inspector to get clarity on the situation.
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Before You Decide
Before you make a final decision on a home inspector, determine how much detail the inspection report will cover. Many home inspectors simply provide a cursory report that only documents whether an element is functioning or not functioning. Your inspection report will not only provide you with an understanding of immediate concerns, but will also provide you with information that will assist you in maintaining and enjoying your new home.
Questions to Ask
• Can I see a sample inspection report?
• Will the report provide detail on the type of systems in the home?
• How are the systems rated in the report?
• Will the report be made available at the end of the inspection?
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