What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective, visual examination of the physical structures and systems of a home—from the roof to the foundation. The standard home inspection report will include an evaluation of the condition of the home heating and cooling systems, walls, plumbing system, electrical system, roof, attic, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, garage, living area, doors, windows and visible structures. ABC’s emphasis is on identifying existing and or potential problems that would affect a purchaser's buying decision.
Why do I need Home Inspection?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positives aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After ABC inspects the home, you will have a much clearer understanding of the house you are about to purchase.
When do you call a Home Inspector?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is usually available within 1 to 2 days. Be sure that there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of inspection report. This type clause should specify the terms by which buyer and seller are obligated.
Why can’t I do the Inspection myself?
A licensed home inspector undergoes rigorous training and certification processes in order to provide a complete and objective inspection of your home. Most home inspectors carry Error & Omission and General Liability Insurance. Since a home purchase is most likely the largest investment you will make, ABC Home Inspections would not recommend scrimping on a home inspection by doing it by yourself or having general contractor do it, unless he is licensed home inspector.
What if the Inspection uncovers problem?
Remember a home is not perfect. If home inspector identifies problem, it does not necessarily mean you should not buy the home, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or make the repairs if no major problems are found. Your real estate professional can advise you best direction in purchasing the home and best direction for the course of action too.
How long will the Inspection take?
A single family home inspection will generally take 2 to 3 hours.