A home inspection will usually include an examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, we well as the general condition of the structure itself. For a condo, it will include electrical, plumbing, heating, deck and other interior components of the unit, and garage. An inspector will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might need attention or any general maintenance issues. Also, it is important to keep in mind that they will make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.
What is the process of a home inspection?
It is recommended that you make an appointment as soon as possible once you determine that the inspection is needed. On the day of the inspection, the inspector will arrive at the property and start the inspection. After the inspection is complete, the inspector will do a walk-through with you and explain the items that require attention. Then the payment can be processed either in person or online, a report will follow on or before the following day. You will be notified by email once the report is complete.
Do I need to be there?
Although it is not required for the client to be present for the inspection, t is highly recommended. This is a great chance to learn more about your new home and ask questions to the professional about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. This is a personalized course in your future home.
How long does a home inspection take?
An average sized, straight forward home takes around 2 hours. The older, larger, and more detail orientated homes will take longer. The report writing process takes a similar amount of time.
Do I need home inspection for a new construction?
The answer is yes. Very often, new home buyers are overwhelmed with the excitement when acquiring a new home and miss some critical details. Buyers usually rely on the new home warranty but many of the defected items are only covered for the first 12 to 24 months. These things are time sensitive. If the problems are not reported in time before the warranty expires, they will not be addressed from the builder. This is something that is easy for the buyer to miss. Items that are considered a concern are often overlooked. This is one reason why you need a professional home inspector.
Do home inspectors fail an inspection?
The answer is no. A common misconception is that this is a pass/fail situation. That is not the case. A professional home inspector is conducting an unbiased practice based on guidelines and safety practices.