What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective, visual examination of the physical structure and mechanical systems of a home, performed by a licensed inspector.

What does a home inspection include?

A home inspection includes a report with a checklist that summarizes the findings of the visual inspection. This includes the home’s mechanical systems, heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems and also structural systems that include the roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, and basement. For a typical report go to: www.reporthost.com

Why do I need a home inspection?

A home inspection summarizes the condition of a property, points out the need for repairs and identifies areas that may need attention in the near future. Buyers and sellers depend on a home inspection to maximize their knowledge of the property in order to make intelligent decisions before executing an agreement for sale or purchase. For homeowners, an inspection may be used to identify problems and learn about preventive measures. If you are planning to sell your home, an inspection prior to placing your home on the market provides a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and provides you an opportunity to make repairs that will make your home more desirable to potential buyers.

Why do I need a licensed home inspector?

Prospective homeowners who try to conduct an inspection by themselves are rarely qualified to do so. Often the buyer is distracted by the appearance of the home, even if they are knowledgeable about a home’s systems. They may be too focused on the buying process to be objective about the underlying condition of the home. A licensed home inspector has been trained to provide an independent, detailed, objective analysis of the home’s condition.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes and standards. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. A home inspection describes the physical condition of a property and indicates what may need repair or replacement.

When do I call in the home inspector?

Before you sign the contract or purchase agreement, make your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. Contact a home inspector immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Home inspectors are aware of the time constraints involved in purchase agreements and most are available to conduct the required inspection within a few days.


Should I be present at the home inspection?

While it is not necessary for you to be present, it is always recommended that you make time to join the inspector for their visit. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with the inspector, you will find the written report easier to understand.

What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. His findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is limited, or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.

If the report reveals the house is in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

Yes. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence about the condition of the property and all its systems. From the inspection, you will have learned many things about your new home, and will want to keep that information for future reference.

How long does an inspection take?

A typical inspection takes two to two and one half hours. These times vary depending on size of the home and accessibility of the systems of the home. For example: a home with a crawl space may take more time as it is more difficult to access than one with a basement.