A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. It is not a guarantee, warranty or an insurance policy.
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards.
A home inspection does not focus on the positive aspects of a home. We are looking for those things that will cost you money to repair. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property.
No house is perfect. Even brand new homes may have problems which can prove costly to remedy due to improper installation of building materials or cost cutting by the builder.
No. An inspection is not an appraisal. The value of a home depends on many factors, including what similar properties have sold for, proposed developments in the neighborhood, and how the current owner has maintained and decorated the building. An inspection focuses on the current physical condition of the building.
No. A septic system inspection requires that the tank be pumped out and the field be tested in order to properly check its condition. Home inspectors are neither trained nor equipped to perform this function.
Absolutely. An inspector has to get "up close and personal" with a roof to determine the condition of the roofing components such as shingles, flashing, chimney etc. The only time I will not go on a roof is if it is dangerous due to factors such as ice, heavy snow load, excessive slope or height.
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected hundreds, perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He or she understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail.
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.