A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector's 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.
What is the difference between a home inspector and an appraiser?
An appraisal isn't a substitute for a professional home inspection in fact they have some key differences. The appraiser formulates an opinion of the property's value for the lender, while the inspector educates the buyer about the condition of the home and its major components.
What is the process of a home inspection?
A typical home inspection takes a few hours for an average sized house. Then the report takes about 3-4 days to complete. The home inspector will go through the interior and exterior of the house to record any broken, defected, or hazardous issues with the house and the area surrounding the house.
Do I need to be there?
In many cases, the buyer or the buyer's real estate agent will be present for the inspection. It is typically to the buyer's benefit that he or she is present. However it is not required if the buyer is unable to attend.
Do I need a home inspection for a new construction?
In fact, when buying new construction homes, you should get two: one before the walls are closed, and one after. It's much cheaper to fix issues like electrical or plumbing before the drywall goes up. Your second home inspection should come before your final walk-through with the builder.
Do home inspectors fail an inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of a house's overall condition. The home inspection report describes a house's physical shape and identifies what might need crucial repair or replacement. It is not "Pass or Fail".