What to Expect When We’re InspectingThe Before, During, and After of Home Inspection
A home inspection is an objective, visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house from foundation to roof. Think of it as a medical check-up for your house. The findings will help you determine whether further testing or treatment are necessary.
What to Expect Before We’re Inspecting
Why do I need a home inspection?
An inspection provides a professional, objective report on the condition of the property. This allows the buyer to make a fully-informed decision before finalizing the purchase. The findings will point out issues that need to be addressed (and possibly renegotiated), and the positive aspects of the home. Our page, Benefits of an Inspection, describes why buyers, sellers and home owners can benefit from an inspection.
Can I do the inspection myself?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a licensed home inspector. An inspector will inspect without the emotion that may affect a buyer’s judgment. In addition, buyers can only negotiate with findings verified by a qualified professional.
How do I find an home inspector?
The best way to find the right home inspector is to get a referral. Ask a trusted friend, your Realtor(r), mortgage broker, or attorney.
When do I call a home inspector?
First and foremost, your contract should contain a clause making your purchase contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspector. It should also specify the time frame for its completion. Contact a home inspector immediately after signing the contract.
What to Expect While We’re Inspecting
Do I have to be there?
We always recommend that you attend the inspection. This allows you to observe, ask questions, and learn about the home, its systems, and how to maintain them. Attending will also make it easier for you to understand the written report.
How much does a home inspection cost?
The inspection fee varies depending upon the size and features of the house. Other factors include additional services such as septic, well, or radon testing.
Most important: Don’t let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection. And don’t let it be the only factor you use in the selection of your inspector. The knowledge you gain from an inspection is invaluable, You should put the most value on the inspector’s credentials and experience and not simply consider the price he or she quotes.
What happens during the inspection?
First, understand that every house is different. So every inspection will be different. That said, every inspector looks at certain parts of a home, if they exist. Would you like more detail about what we inspect in our home inspections? Visit our interactive home inspection diagram by clicking here.
What to Expect After We’ve Inspected
What will I get after the inspection?
Normally you’ll receive an email from us within one business day of the inspection. The email will include a link with instructions for how to view and print your home inspection report. Feel free to print the report for easy reference.
You’re always welcome to visit our Inspector Insider Blog and Resources pages for additional information as you learn more about your home.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not necessarily mean you should cancel the purchase. Rather, the findings should educate you about the condition of the property in advance of the purchase. The report, combined with other factors such as your budget or willingness to do future repair work, can help you make your final decision. And, the problems we find may provide an opportunity for you to renegotiate the purchase price or contract terms.
If the house turns out to be in good condition, did I really need a professional home inspection?
Yes! You can complete your purchase with confidence about the condition of the property, its equipment and systems. You will have learned many things about your new home, which will come in handy in the future.