common questions about home inspections

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a professional evaluation and analysis of the present condition of a home’s structure and all essential systems. Home inspections put focus on the overall performance of the home. A home inspection can be provided for homebuyers and home sellers, as well as, for homeowners as an annual checkup for the property. A home inspection is provided to identify components of a home that are possibly deficient, defective, and unsafe or are beyond their longevity. A home inspection is not an insurance policy or home warranty. After the completion of the on-site inspection, a detailed report is delivered to the client.

 

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Why do I need a home inspection?

Buying a home is a major investment and based on the overall condition of the home, it could either be a costly investment or a great investment. It is imperative to have as much knowledge as possible for the home you are investing in. A trained and licensed Home Inspector performs the inspection and identifies commonly overlooked details regarding the integrity of a home. Having an independent third party supply you with a professional opinion of the property will help you decide if it is the right home for you, or if you will be faced with major expenditures. Home sellers benefit from home inspections as well so that they can learn of any possible defects and have the proper repairs completed before listing the home. Homeowners are also encouraged to get home inspections as well for preventative measures of potential issues. Identifying possible defects early on can save substantial amounts on repair costs.

 

How long will the home inspection be?

A typical home inspection takes two to three hours, and during this time the house is examined from the ground up and from the outside in. A good home inspection should include observation, and when appropriate the operation of the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and appliance systems, as well as the inspection of structural components, such as the roof, foundation, basement, exterior and interior walls, chimney, doors, and windows. 

 

Should I be on-site during the home inspection?

Yes, we encourage you to be on-site during the home inspection. Being on-site during the inspection process allows you the ability to view specific conditions in person and consult with your Home Inspector. Once the inspection has been completed, you will have the ability to ask the Inspector questions and obtain more information.

 

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What will happen if there are major issues or defects located?

If defects are uncovered during your home inspection, the Inspector will provide you with insight regarding the severity of the issue or how extensive possible repairs could be. Overall, it is your decision regarding what your next move would be based on the information you are given. You may decide to repair the issue or walk away from the sale; regardless it is the clients’ choice.

 

What will happen after the on-site inspection is completed?

After the on-site inspection is completed the Inspector will review with you what was revealed and a general overview of the home’s condition and structure. The Inspector will be available to answer any questions that you may have. The Inspector will then work to prepare your complete home inspection report. The home inspection report will include complete details of the property and structure and will be sent to you via email within 48 hours after the inspection.

 

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What is radon testing?

Radon is radioactive gas that is sometimes found in homes. It comes from natural decay of uranium that is found in soils, rocks and water. Radon typically comes up from the ground and into the air above. It can seep into your home through cracks and other holes in the homes foundation. Your home will trap the radon inside and it can build up. All homes can have radon problems, old and new homes included, well-sealed homes, and homes with or without basements. Radon cannot be seen, but is easy to find using radon testing. Exposure to radon can be extremely hazardous to the health of you and your family so it is imperative to have any home tested for issues with radon exposure prior to purchase.


What is water testing?

Water testing is used to analyze the water quality of well water only. Water testing will analyze any risk of contaminants and other hazards in the water supply. Water testing is used to maintain the safety of you and your family, ensuring your water is contaminant-free.


What is a pre-sale home inspection?

A pre-sale inspection is for potential home sellers who wish to assess for any issues or defects in their home. This inspection allows you to assess for any problems prior to listing your home on the market. A pre-sale home inspection is helpful for sellers because it allows them to remove any questions regarding the condition of the home, and improves the pace, price and probability of a sale. Sellers will have the opportunity to rectify or repair any major issues prior to putting the home on the market, so they are not forced into reducing the asking price.


What is an annual home inspection?

An annual home inspection, also known as a ‘Maintenance Home Inspection,’ is an inspection completed to checkup on your homes condition. Like a traditional home inspection, this inspection is performed by the Inspector to examine and locate any possible defects so that repairs can be made before damage worsens. This type of home inspection is very beneficial for homeowners so that they can keep their home functioning in proper condition and do not loose any resale value.