Frequently Asked Home Inspection Questions
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. It is performed by a trained professional in accordance with industry standards. Some of the items typically inspected are: plumbing, electrical, grading, roofing, siding, windows and doors, HVAC systems, the foundation and much more. If an issue or a symptom of an issue is found the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation.
Do I need an inspection?
A home inspection provides you with an unbiased, objective written assessment of the property you are about to purchase, including safety concerns. This puts you in the best position to make a decision regarding your investment. If you’re a seller, a pre-listing inspection gives you a blueprint to maintenance items you might want to repair prior to sale. Showing perspective buyers the inspection, and what items were fixed, gives them added confidence in the quality and care you’ve taken in your home. Home buyers use the home inspection to gather additional information about the property. Depending on the issues found during the inspection the buyer may negotiate with the seller to cover needed repairs. Understanding the condition of a property can provide peace of mind for both buyers and sellers.
Why should I have my house or my future house inspected?
Because buying your home is possibly the biggest investment you will ever make. A small investment in purchasing a home inspection may save you substantial money in the future. No Home is perfect, and even new homes are not immune to issues. You want to make sure you are making a sound investment.
How much does a property inspection cost?
Cost of a home inspection depends on a variety of factors, including: square footage, time required, age of the home, number of heating and air conditioning units and location. For information on the specific property you are interested in, call or email our office. I assure you it will be a fair price.
How long will the inspection take?
A complete home inspection generally takes between 2 and 3 hours onsite. This allows time for assessment of the home’s exterior, interior, mechanical and electrical systems.
Should I be present at the home inspection?
You are welcome to attend the inspection. It is very helpful to be there and I will work to thoroughly explain all significant findings and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found.
You can also point out items/areas that are of special concern to you.
We have an inspection procedure that enables us to find, see, and record all of the information we need in just a few hours.
When should I schedule the inspection?
If you’re a buyer, you should schedule an inspection as soon as you have a signed contract in place and before closing. If you are selling a property, consider a prelisting inspection before putting the home on the market. This will give you time to consider making any necessary repairs to boost buyer confidence and help your home rise above the nearby competition.
What if the report reveals problems?
All homes, even new homes, have issues. Most issues can be fixed. A home inspection simply allows that issues can be addressed before the house closes and that as a buyer you are fully informed of the issues in the home.
What if the home “fails” the home inspection?
There is no such thing as a failing grade for a home inspection. The inspection is simply to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe — and then they are noted in the report
How do I get the actual home inspection report?
We use a computerized home inspection reporting system which allows us to include digital pictures. The home inspection reports are available to you as soon as the reports are completed. Reports can be viewed as often as needed and printed as many times as necessary.
Do you provide cost estimates for repairs?
No, we do not. After you have looked over the report, you should contact at least two or three qualified licensed contractors and get estimates. Receiving cost estimates for repairs from your home inspector would be a conflict of interest.
What if I have questions or concerns after reading the inspection report?
If you need to discuss the report please call us at 636-358-0111 and I’ll be happy to talk with you. We don’t charge for phone consultations. You can also contact us by email.