Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS COVERED IN A STANDARD HOME INSPECTION?
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.
WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
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 builder oversights or the need for major repairs, 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.
CAN A HOME 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.
DO I HAVE TO BE THERE?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe me and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. I will also take the time to point out details about your house and components while you are at the house that will help you better understand your investment.
However, if you are not able to attend, I will give you a report with pictures and videos that will be easy to understand and will gladly answer any questions you may have.
WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
No house is perfect. If I identify 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 repairs.