What is a home inspection?
Home inspectors examine an entire house from the top of the roof down to the soil, moving room by room. The primary purpose is identifying structural and major system flaws including anything safety related.
What does a home inspection include?
A certified home inspection covers the foundation, lot, roof, exterior, attic, interior, basement, electrical, plumbing, appliances and the heating/cooling system.
Why is it important to get an inspection?
Buying a home is a big investment, the best way to confirm the value of your new home is by getting a certified home inspection. This is also an inexpensive way to find out what the condition of your home is and get leveraging power when it comes to negotiating the price with the seller if there are issues.
How much is a home inspection?
Across over 80,000 home inspections in the Spectora Home Inspection Software network in the past year, data shows the average home inspection to cost $358. The average home inspection cost from HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List was $395.
Why do I need a professional inspector?
Most everyday home owners can spot something obvious, like a random wire hanging from the ceiling. However, they aren’t trained to see tiny details that are easy to miss or are mistaken as normal.
How long does an inspection usually take?
Typically, the home inspection itself usually takes about 2-3 hours. During this time the home inspector will check all of the major systems of the house. For larger homes or homes with additional features, this process will take longer. For small homes and condos, an inspection may only take 1-2 hours.
What’s included in the home inspection report?
A home inspection report should include the roof, attic, insulation, ventilation, exterior, siding, windows, doors, locks, flashing and trim, walkways, driveways, stairs, patios, decks, drainage systems, basements, foundation, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical.
Do I need a home inspection for a new construction?
Your newly built home is likely to have all of the latest energy-saving features and comforts that you could ever want. But it’s ALWAYS a good idea to get a home inspection, even on a newly constructed home. There may be undisclosed issues or shoddy workmanship and it’s possible the home may only be up to minimum standards.
Do home inspectors tell me if I should buy the house?
While a home inspector cannot necessarily tell you whether or not to buy a house, they will give you an unbiased opinion of the current condition of the property and let you make your own decision. A home inspector will be honest and tell you if a very expensive repair is needed but because everyone’s situation is different, that may not necessarily be a deal breaker for you. Some buyers might be looking for a good deal on a fixer upper.