Why do I need a home inspection?
A home is likely the largest purchase you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about your new property before buying so that you can have peace of mind, just in case. A thorough and detailed inspection will identify the need for repairs and ensure that you know the condition of the property without any unexpected and unwelcome surprises after purchasing.
If you already own your property, a home inspection can identify potential problems before they get worse and can help avoid costly repairs in the future. If you are a homeowner that is planning on putting your home on the market, a home inspection can be a valuable tool. An inspection can give you a glimpse of conditions that might be discovered by a buyer's inspector and will allow you the opportunity to make repairs to improve your home's selling position on the market. An inspection will also ensure you are in compliance with current disclosure laws concerning the sales of the property.
Can I conduct an inspection myself?
Even experienced and knowledgeable homeowners lack the expertise and years of training that professional home inspectors possess. An experienced inspector is familiar with elements of home construction and is entirely objective in his/her findings and reporting.
Can a home inspection fail?
No. A professional home inspection examines the condition of a home on the day it is inspected. It is important to note that a home inspection is not an appraisal, which determines current market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. An inspection describes visible physical conditions and gives recommendations about future repairs that may be needed.
Do I have to be there?
Buyers do not have to be present during an inspection but are welcome and encouraged to attend. This will allow you to learn about the home's condition from the inspector's perspective and will give you the opportunity to ask the inspector questions about current conditions and maintenance needed. Attending the inspection will ensure that the written report is easy to understand, since you will already have seen the findings firsthand during the inspection.
Who hires the inspector?
It is most common for you, the client, to retain the inspector. It is important to note that the inspector works for you and that the written report cannot be distributed to anyone without your written consent.
How much does an inspection cost?
Choosing a trusted, certified and experienced home inspector that does a thorough inspection will save you money in the long run. While low rates may be appealing, beware of hiring inexperienced home inspectors.
It is always a good idea to ask about an inspector's certifications before hiring him/her.
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