Why is a home inspection important?
Emotion often affects the buyer and makes it hard to imagine any problems with their new home. A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all the problems possible with the home before moving in. Review the inspection with your realtor and decide if there are issues that the seller should address and present them in a timely manner. While the inspection is not meant to be a tool for re-negotiations, many times it becomes one. By hiring a licensed inspector, you have employed a qualified, unbiased professional.
What if the report reveals problems?
All homes (even new construction) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price. If the situation calls for it, the inspector may recommend further diagnostic evaluation by a specialist such as a licensed heating contractor.
What does a home inspection 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, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement or crawlspace, and visible structure.
What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?
A home inspection is not protection against future failures. Components like air conditioners and heat systems can and will break down. A home inspection attempts to reveal the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected.
A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will a home inspector tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.
A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks.
Should I attend the home inspection?
It is often helpful to be there so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found. But be sure to give the home inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.
In addition to the Buyer’s Home Inspection, which is what you would have performed prior to purchasing a home, I offer two other types of inspections; Pre-listing and Maintenance. They are all performed identically and professionally, and will likely be of great assistance to you. For further information click on the links below.