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Why do I need to have a home inspection?
The purchase of a house will probably be the largest single investment that most people will ever make in their lives. The primary purpose of an inspection is to inform the buyer of any visible defects in the mechanical and structure components and to disclose any significant health issues. The inspection will help to minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties you may experience later after the purchase of the house.
Why can’t I do the home inspection myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the various elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He/she knows how the homes systems and components are intended to function together as well as why they tail.
When do I call in 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 inspector. This clause should specify what terms and conditions to both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Can a house fail an inspection?
A one word answer…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 will therefore, not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need to be repaired or replaced.
What does it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. The fees in this area vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as radon testing, well testing, etc. Prices available upon request. Please click here to give us some specifications and details about your home.
Please do not let the cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in your 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.
Do I have to be there?
While it is not required to be there, it is highly recommended. You will be able to ask questions and observe the inspector as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
Typically how long does it take?
A general home inspection takes between three to four hours to complete. A written report with pictures will be sent to the client within a reasonable period of time after the inspection is finished. At the time of the inspection all of the utilities should be on in the house.
What if the Report Reveal Problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or should not buy the house, The inspector will explain the differences between serious and not so serious problems to you. The decision to buy or not to buy will be entirely up to you.
Who are the inspectors’ clients?
My clients are home buyers, An inspector has a fiduciary responsibility and contractual liability to whoever has paid for the inspection. It can be the buyer, lender, or even the realtor, but most frequently it is the home buyer. This means that the inspection report cannot be discussed with anyone or released to anyone other than the client, without the clients’ express written consent.
Now what is not covered in a home inspection?
Inspectors attempt to be thorough but they can’t report on what they can’t see. The Home inspector will not be able to reveal information on conditions such as those hidden behind finished walls, beneath carpeting, behind or under personal storage items, at inaccessible areas, or components that are shut down or have been winterized. The inspector will not attempt to light pilot lights or turn on utilities when they have been turned off to a system or entire house. The inspector will not attempt to run a central air conditioning unit if the temperature has dropped below sixty degrees in the previous twenty four hours. The inspector will not test refrigerators or ice makers, nor dishwashers, stoves or microwave ovens. He will not test washers and dryers. He will not test any components of an outdoor pool whether above or below ground. He will not test alarm, or telephone systems or any central vacuuming systems. He will not test solar heaters. He will not inspect outbuildings or sheds.