Home Inspection Questions and Answers
Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?
The purchase of a home is one of the largest purchases most of us will ever make in life. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the home inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property.
If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and take preventative measures which might avoid costly repairs in the future. If you are planing to sell your home on the market, you may wish to have an inspection performed prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of the conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in a better selling position. Having a thorough home inspection will help you comply with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property, make for an easier sale of your home, and provide a better home for the purchaser.
Can I Do It Myself?
Man people, including yourself possible, have a great deal of experience in homes and construction. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction and remains completely objective and unemotional about the home. Even if I were to buy a home today as a home inspector, likely I would hire a home inspector as well just to have the objective opinion of a professional who is emotionally unattached to the property I am buying.
Can a Home Inspector “Fail” a House?
In reality, no. A professional home inspection is an examination of the condition of the home on the day it is inspected; it is not an appraisal, which determines market value or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance, but rather describes its visible physical condition and indicates what may need major repairs in the near future. While there will likely be something on every home inspection, the house is never “pass/fail”. We will discuss the issues thoroughly, but ultimately to purchase the home or not is a personal decision that you make.
Do I Have To Be On The Home Inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the home inspection, but it is highly recommended. You will be able to accompany the home inspector and ask questions directly as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work and how to maintain it. You will also find the written home inspection report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the home inspectors eyes.
Who Hires The Home Inspector?
You, as my client, usually retains the home inspector. The home inspector works for you. The report cannot be given to anyone else without your written consent.
How Much Does A Home Inspection Cost?
That is a question that many of our clients ask. There are a lot of factors that go into pricing, such as size of the home, location, whether or not there are additional systems or tests needed (i.e. wells, radon testing, pest, etc.). Please contact me and I will be happy to give you an exact quote with no obligation.
The purchase of a property will likely be the most expensive investment people will make in their lives, it doesn’t make sense to shop for the least expensive inspector you can find. What is the saying, “Penny-wise and Pound Foolish”. That is most certainly true, in todays world, you get what you pay for. Don’t be fooled by individuals whose training consists of viewing a video tape for 2 hours and then claim to be a “House Inspector” Check for “Certifications” before hiring an inspector. No Home Inspection can guarantee their won’t be problems, even new homes are not perfect on the day their new owners move in.
A Licensed, Certified Home Inspector can point out existing or potential problems that would require attention either by the seller or buyer. You, the buyer,save yourself from problems you never contemplated when buying the “Dream House” you wanted. You, the seller, are complying with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property.