A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. A home inspection will cover the condition of the visible heating/cooling system, attic, walls, ceilings, floor, windows and doors, the visible foundation, electrical, plumbing, attached appliances, and more! An inspection will help you minimize unexpected surprises with your new home and teach you some basic home maintenance tips. A typical inspection takes about 3 to 4 hours depending on the size and age of the home. Your inspection will include a detailed report with digital photos, along with a complete walk through of the property.
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 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.
If you think you can't afford an inspection, then you can't afford not to have an inspection. The inspection fee for a typical single-family house varies, 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 as your guide. Sometimes, buyers ask sellers to repair items found defective from the inspection, which could be hundreds or even thousands to fix.
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 inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Generally, the home inspector will arrive at the property at a mutually agreed upon time and perform a detailed inspection on the property. This inspection will generally take around 3 hours depending on the size of the home. After the inspector completes the review of the property it is strongly recommended that you are present. At this time the inspector will provide you with a detailed walk through of the inspection findings. This is a great time to ask questions and understand what is going on in your new home.
The answer is YES! Even new homes have problems and/or improperly installed equipment. You would be surprised how many issues are found on a brand new home. For the safety of you and your family, we recommend an inspection on all new homes.
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't mean you should or shouldn't buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don't want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make the necessary repairs.
Yes! Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You'll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector's written report and walk through. You will also have the peace of mind knowing you and your family are safe in the new home.