What is a home inspection?
It is an evaluation of the visible and the accessible systems and the components of a home (plumbing system, roof, etc.). An inspection is intended to give the client (usually a homebuyer) a better understanding of the condition of the home. It is also important to know what a home inspection is not! It is not an appraisal of the property's value; nor should you expect it to address the cost of repairs. It does not guarantee that the home complies with local building codes (which are subject to periodic change) nor protect you in the event an item inspected fails in the future. [Note: Warranties can be purchased to cover many items.] Nor should the inspection be considered a "technically exhaustive" evaluation, but rather an evaluation of the property on the day it is inspected, taking into consideration normal wear and tear.
Should I allow my Realtor to receive a copy of my report?
You are my customer IT IS ENTIRELY up to you! Your realtor may assist you in determining if any items in the report are significant enough to warrant re-negotiation of your contract with the seller or reconsider your listing price prior to listing your home with the listing agent.
Why should I have the home inspected?
Most homebuyers lack the knowledge, skill and emotional detachment needed to inspect homes themselves. By
using the services of a licensed Home Inspector, they can gain a better understanding of the condition of the property, especially whether
any items do not "function as intended "or "adversely affect the habitability of the dwelling "or " warrant further investigation" by a person who specializes in the item in question.
Should I be present when the home inspection is performed?
Whenever possible, you should be present. The inspector
can review with you the results of the inspection and point out any problems found. Usually the inspection of the home can be completed in two to three hours (the time can vary depending upon the
size and age of the dwelling). The Home Inspector will give you a written report of the home inspection within three business days after the inspection is performed (unless otherwise stated in your
contract with the Home Inspector). The home inspection report is your property. The Home Inspector may only give it to you and may not share it with other persons without your