As a potential homebuyer, you will probably have questions about the home inspection process. For example, is an inspection necessary? What does an inspection involve? Do I need to be there while the inspection is taking place?
What is a Home Inspection?
An inspection is a visual non-evasive examination of the structure and the systems of a home. If you are thinking of buying a home you should have it thoroughly inspected by an experienced and impartial professional before the final purchase.
Why Should I Have a Home Inspection?
A professional home inspection is your best tool when it comes to making the most of your home investment. A professional home inspection informs the homebuyer of the property’s condition. After evaluating the property, I will present my professional opinion on the property’s current condition as well as any repairs and maintenance that will be needed in the future. This will give you a clear understanding of the home so you can make a confident decision. Whether you are buying or selling, and objective professional inspection will provide you with important information that you can use.
If you’re buying, you want to know that the home you’re considering is safe and sound. You want to avoid unwelcome and costly surprises. If you’re selling your home, you will need to make full disclosure of any and all deficiencies. You’ll want to know what, if any, repairs to make so you can market your home most effectively. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. Whichever side of the “For Sale” sign you’re on, a quality home inspection is essential.
When Should I Schedule an Inspection?
The best time to schedule an inspection is directly after you have made an offer on a property. The real estate contract usually allows for a certain period to inspect the home. Ask your real estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.
How Long Will a Typical Inspection Last?
A typical inspection will take from three to four hours, depending on the size, age and features of the home. I encourage the potential homeowner to be present at the home at least during part of the inspection. This ensures that any immediate questions or concerns can be addressed timely.
What Kind of Report Will I Receive?
These reports include digital high-quality photos, detailed notes, and a summary page. Reports are available within 24 hours of the home inspection.