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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I have a home inspection?
The purchase of a new home can be one of the largest investments you will ever make. Getting a home inspection will help you navigate possible hidden deficiencies and maybe help you negotiate on needed repair work. A good inspection report will help you feel comfortable in your decision making as
well as provide a detailed maintenance guide.
How long does the inspection take?
A typical inspection of a property less than 2,000 square feet lasts approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The larger the home, the longer the inspection. A home’s overall condition, added suite, land size and number of outbuildings will also factor in on inspection time.
Do I need to be present at the time of the inspection?
No. It is to the inspector’s benefit to have a quiet house so that they may inspect without distraction. However, the buyer is more then welcome to be present for the walk through afterwards. We don’t just take that time to show you possible repair work needed but a good inspector will go over the home’s ongoing maintenance and show you where to find important components.
How will the inspection help me determine the condition and quality of the home compared to others?
During the walk through, the inspector is happy to answer questions related to finishing and can usually tell if the home has been maintained or fixed up for a quick sale. So, you can make an informed decision on purchasing or walking away from the property. An inspector can usually also identify poor or unlicensed (home owner) work.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover 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 and structural components.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
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, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
When is the best time to get an inspection?
Most common is a general Home Inspection used to determine a home’s condition prior to purchase or to reinforce a buyer’s strong offer. However, that is one of 4 typical scenarios.
Pre-listing inspections are used by sellers who want to correct possible deficiencies pre-sale and make buyers comfortable to buy without conditions or create a bidding war.
New construction or warranty deficiency reports are for buyers who want to ensure proper construction practices, building code or quality was upheld and completed. These are also great to help enforce 2,5 and 10 year warranty repairs.
Home health check is commonly used a couple years into home-ownership to determine whether there might be needed repairs to prevent future damage. Or a seasonal inspection to prepare for a change in weather.