Here are some common Home Inspection Questions:
What is included in the inspection?
A home inspection is a visual evaluation of the major systems of the home which includes the structure, roof, exterior, heating/cooling, plumbing, electrical, and interior in the home. During the review process, you will have a clear understanding of any maintenance items and more importantly, safety or health hazards that may be present in the home before you purchase or sell.
Should I attend the inspection?
Absolutely! Although it’s not required, you would benefit best by being present. We not only inspect, but we aim to educate.
How do I prepare for the inspection?
It is the seller’s responsibility to get the home ready for the inspection.
The seller should do the following:
* Have all utilities turned on (water, gas, and electric).
* Have all gas appliances ready to run with pilot lights ignited.
* Clear access to areas such as attics, crawl spaces, electrical panels and furnace.
* Unlock areas such as storage closets, fence gates, electrical panels and crawl space hatches.
* Remove all pets from property or secure them so they are not free to roam.
When will the report be ready?
A comprehensive and detailed analysis of the home will be given to you within 12-24 hours after the inspection is completed. This report includes digital photographs to illustrate the various systems’ condition, and any deficiencies that may be present in the home.
What if the inspection reveals problems?
Sometimes, we may find things that are not readily visible or expected to the unskilled eye. That’s what you want, right? No house is perfect, not even new construction. The inspection is just impartial reporting of conditions relating to the home that will give you a clear direction for what should be done about each potential problem. Each situation is different – it’s up to you and your real estate agent to decide how to proceed after the inspection.