Common Questions About the Home Inspection Process
How much does it cost to get a home inspected?
The price of the inspection varies based on the size of the home. Larger homes take longer to inspect, hence the fees for these homes are greater than those for a smaller home. However, don’t let the price of the inspection determine whether or not you get a home inspection or the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector’s qualifications, including his experience, training, and professional affiliations should be the most important consideration.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home. The purpose is to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found, the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation. Before you close, you need to consider whether or not repairs are needed now and who’s going to pay for them. This inspection report puts you in a stronger position to negotiate the repairs, and/or the cost of the property.
Why have a home inspection?
Investments in Knowledge Pay Dividends! An analysis of the property, conducted by a specially trained and completely objective home inspector, can identify non-functioning systems, damaged building components, safety issues and quality installations. Having this information before you purchase, sell, repair or remodel can return many dividends, both financially and emotionally.
When Do I Request An Inspector?
The best time to consult the inspector is right after you’ve made an offer on your new building. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period to inspect the building. Ask your professional agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.
Can a house fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspector does not issue a pass or fail grade on a home. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of the prospective home. The home inspector will describe the physical condition of the home
How long does an home inspection take?
Most home inspections take about two to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age and condition of the home.
Do I need to be present while the house is being inspected?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is a good idea.