Frequently Asked Questions

Common Home Inspection Questions

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the home’s major structure, systems and components that are visible and safely accessible from the foundation to the roof system. The home inspection should be performed by a trained and certified professional. The results of the inspection are then carefully documented and delivered in a written report that is provided to the client, which can then be used to make informed decisions about a home sale or negotiating a pending home purchase.

What does a home inspection include?

Our home inspection report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

Why do I need a home inspection?

Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected expenses, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition, ultimately being considered a move-in certified home

What are the advatages of a being a move-in ready certified home?

There are many advantages to a home that is Move-In Certified. For buyers, it means the inspection is complete and paid for by the seller. Having a home certification prevents delays and gives important information about the home. For sellers, it provides a professional opinion of the conditions of the home and allows them a chance to fix any problems or get estimates for repair. For Real Estate Agents it can be used as a marketing tool that goes beyond the seller’s disclosure. This kind of forthrightness is a great way to help sell the home and engage in a low-stress transaction.

Why can't I do it myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A certified inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail. More importantly, most home buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, which may have an affect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.

Should I be present for the home inspection?

You should attend the inspection, and you should reconsider hiring an inspector who doesn’t allow this. You can learn a lot by following an inspector through the home. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home’s condition, which will give you insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home’s maintenance, systems and components that may provide useful for the transaction.

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