| What is home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of
the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof
to the foundation.
What does home inspection include?
The standard home inspector's report will review the conditions
of the home's heating systems, central air conditioning
systems (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and
electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation;
walls ceilings, floors, windows, and doors; the foundation,
basement, and visible structure. Every inspection is carried
out in the manner consistent with the standard of practice
of the American Society of Home Inspectors.
Why do I need a home inspection?
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 that can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties
afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer
understanding of the house you are about to purchase. If
you are already a home owner, a home inspection may be used
to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive
measures which might avoid costly future repairs. If you
are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an
inspection 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 better selling
How long will a home inspection take?
The average home inspection takes between two and three
hours depending on the size of the home.
What will it cost?
The inspection fee for a one-family house varies geographically,
as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area,
the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the
house, particular features of the house, its age, and the
possible additional services, such as septic, well or radon
testing. It is a good idea to check local prices on your
own. However, do not let cost be a factor on whether or
not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your
home inspector. The knowledge gained from a home inspector
is well worth the cost, and the lowest priced inspector
is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector's qualification,
including his experience, training , and professional affiliations,
should be the most important consideration.
Can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge
and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected
hundreds, perhaps thousands of homes in his career. An inspector
in familiar with the many elements of home construction,
their proper insulation and maintenance. He understands
how the home components are intended to function together,
as well as how and why they fail. Above all, most buyers
find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional
about the house they really want, and may effect their judgment.
For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain
an impartial, third-party opinion by an expert in the field
of home inspection.
Do I have to be there for the inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be there for the inspection
but it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector
and ask questions directly. You can learn about the condition
of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it.
You will also find the written report easier to understand
if you are seeing the property firsthand through the inspectors
What If the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems,
it does not necessarily mean that you should not buy the
house- only what to expect in advance. A seller might adjust
the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are
found. If your budget is tight, or you do not wish to become
involved in future repair work, this information will be
extremely important to you.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really
need an inspection?
Absolutely. Now you can complete your home purchase with
your eyes open as to the condition of the property and all
its equipment and systems. You will also have learned many
thing about your new home from the inspectors written report
and summery of overall conditions, and will want to keep
that information for future reference.
What if I have question after the inspection?
You can call us and discuss all the aspects of your new
home whenever you like. Our service is always a long-term