What to Expect From a Home Inspection!
During a home inspection you’ll get the opportunity to follow around a knowledgeable professional in a different kind of tour of your new home. Your home inspector will point out details and potential problems that may not be obvious to the untrained eye.
A thorough home inspection can save you thousands of dollars in surprise repairs.
What a home inspector does:
A home inspection normally takes about 2-3 hours. It is a very detailed walk through, of your prospective new home, completely from top to bottom. The inspector will look at the physical structure of the home, as well as its mechanical and electrical systems - including the roof, ceilings, walls, floors, windows and doors! The inspector will check major appliances to see if they are functionally properly. Including the heating, air-conditioning, and plumbing systems. The inspector will take you around the interior and exterior of the home, including basements and attics! It's good to ask questions and take notes if you’d like but the inspector will be taking photos and notes as well!
By attending the home inspection you’ll be able to see the problems first hand, as they are found. Therefore learning more about the inner workings of your future home.
A home inspector at the end will give you an un-biased opinion on the homes condition and will give you advice on what he or she believes should be fixed either immediately or eventually. To put it simply the inspectors job is to tell the client the condition of the home with facts.
What a home inspector doesn't do:
Although it sounds as if the inspector is taking a deep look into everything, there will still remain things that are unable to be seen. So there still might be hidden defects such as mold, etc. that are unable to be seen by the inspector and may need a more special evaluation that goes beyond the inspectors duty.
The overall goal of an inspection is to uncover issues with the home itself - inspectors are not there to let you know whether you are getting a good deal on the home or to offer an opinion on the sale price. All in all It is a visual assessment of the home, but not necessarily a forecast of every potential problem.
What to expect after the inspection:
Once complete it usually will take the inspector a day or two to put together a full inspection report. It will be quite extensive and long - With a full summary including photographs and notes. It will be very detailed including estimated remaining life spans of major systems and mechanical equipment. The inspector will almost always include recommended repairs. Once you receive the report you should read it thoroughly and go through it with your Realtor. The information found may have a bearing on the value of the property and may be useful in negotiating for repairs, etc.
How to find a home inspector:
Shop around and do your research, one good idea is to ask for an example inspection report so you can compare prospective inspectors and so you know how detailed of a report you will receive.
A home inspection gives buyers peace of mind. A home is one of the largest purchases in a buyer's lifetime! A home inspection is highly recommended when buying a home for many reasons and it is important as buyers to be a part of the process. It is a wealth of information and will also give you confidence in your purchase!