Frequent Asked Questions
WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection plays a very important role in the real estate process. When you are buying a home, you rely on us to provide an accurate and reliable inspection of a property and provide insight about what repairs might be necessary in both the short and long term. We will tell you about the condition of the home and help you avoid buying a home that needs major repairs. It is the perfect way to get an in-depth and impartial opinion of your next home before you buy it.
Typically, you will hire a home inspector either immediately before an offer is made on a home or as a contingency to a sale. Additionally, home inspections are ideal if you want to evaluate your home's condition or diagnose potential problems before they become serious issues.
Home inspectors typically perform the following duties:
Evaluate the physical condition of a property, including the structure, foundation, and mechanical systems.
Identify the items that should be repaired or replaced.
Educating the client on the remaining useful life of the major systems
(such as the plumbing and the heating / cooling equipment)
The inspection usually takes two or three hours (depending on the age and size of the home). You should be present during or at the end so you can ask questions and learn about areas that need additional work. All of the findings will be presented verbally on site and within 24 hrs in a formal report that details the condition of the home.
WHAT ARE THE REASONS YOU NEED A
HOW IT ACTUALLY SAVES YOU MONEY?
It Provides an "Out"
A quality home inspection can reveal critical information about the condition of a home. This makes the buyer aware of what costs and maintenance the home may require.
If a buyer isn't comfortable with the findings of the home inspection, it usually presents one last opportunity to back out of the offer to buy. This step is important when purchasing a property because it may save you thousands.
Home inspection reports present an opportunity to ask for repairs or request a price reduction from the seller. Work with your realtor to understand what requests can and should be made to negotiate a better deal.
This is where the cost of an inspection almost always pays for it self.
A home inspection can detect safety issues like fall hazards, trip hazards, possible mold, and electric shock.
WHAT IF THE INSPECTOR FINDS SOMETHING?
This is the part that very often allows for the inspection to pay for itself.
Your realtor can help guide you through the process of getting bids to estimate the cost of fixing any issues the inspector has identified. Once you know the cost, you can negotiate with the home owner to determine whether they'll fix the issue, or lower the price of the home so you can pay for the fix. As a matter of integrity and as part of our code of ethics Home Inspectors separate themselves from making repair quotes or directing you to specific service providers. Doing this ensures the inspection is completely unbiased.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE THE INSPECTION?
You or your realtor needs to:
- Make sure access to the property can be provided at the agreed date and time .
- Make sure all utilities are on. (Electicity, Water, & Gas)
- Make sure all systems are readily accessible.
For example, there shouldn't be personal items or furniture blocking the Heating / Cooling System, Atiic Access, Water Heater, or Electrical Panels.
80% Of Homes Will Be Inspected. Don't be left uninformed.