A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
What will my home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will review the present condition of the home’s heating and cooling system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, the foundation, basement and visible structure. Most inspectors will provide you with an on-the-spot written report detailing their observations. The inspection will also usually detail the types of systems in the home and some general maintenance suggestions.
Scheduling a home inspection:
The home inspector is usually contacted as soon as the Offer To Purchase has been accepted. Most contracts allow for 10-15 days from acceptance for the inspection contingency. Most inspectors are available within a few days, which allows enough time to discuss the results and prepare any necessary documents.
How long will an inspection take?
A home inspection, on an average size home, will typically take from 2-3 hours. Large homes and any testing will add some time. Your inspector will recap the inspection with you and point out any areas of concern. Most inspectors will provide you with a copy of the inspection, while others will send a copy within a few days. Be sure to ask your home inspector, in advance, what type of report will be issued and when it will be provided to be sure you will be able to meet any contractual deadlines.
What will a home inspection cost?
Costs of home inspections vary. Most are around the $300-$500 range. If additional testing (such as testing for radon or lead based paint) is requested in your offer to purchase, there will be an additional cost. Most inspectors will want payment in full either before the inspection or before they provide the report.
Why have a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably one of the largest single investments you will make. You should learn as much as you can about the systems and condition, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep the home in good condition. It is important to know about any major repairs before you buy so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties.