Frequently asked questions about home inspection
Do you have any questions about the process of home inspection? Then you would not be the first. The questions and answers below are provided by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), to help you answer any questions you may have.
How much will the inspection of a home cost?
Inspection fees for a single family home vary depending on the geographical location, size and characteristics of the property, and the age of the home. In addition, services such as septic inspections and radon gas analysis may be authorized, depending on individual ownership. The prices vary. It would be a good idea to check prices in your area when you plan to do a home inspection.
Do not let the cost stop you from inspecting the home or selecting an inspector you are comfortable with – the knowledge gained from an inspection is worth it in time and expense. The inspector who covers less does not mean it’s a bargain. The qualifications of the inspector, including experience, training and professional affiliations should be the most important considerations when making your selection.
Can I do the inspection myself?
Even the most experienced owner does not have the knowledge and experience that a home inspector has. A professional home inspector has the experience, in-depth knowledge and training to make an unbiased and detailed report of the conditions of a property. An inspector is familiar with many elements of building a home, its installation and proper maintenance. An inspector understands how housing systems and components work together, and how and why they fail. They know what they have to look for, and they are the only ones who are able to interpret what the results reveal about the conditions of the property.
Most buyers find it difficult to stay objective and unmoved about the house they really want; this can affect your decision. For more accurate information about housing conditions, always get the unbiased opinion of a third person expert on the spot on the inspection of a home.
Can a home fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current housing conditions. It is not an appraisal, which determines the market value, nor a municipal inspection, which verifies the agreement with local codes and standards. A home will not pass or fail a home inspection. But it does describe the physical condition of a property and indicates what needs to be repaired or replaced.
How can I find a home inspector?
Again and the experiences and references of friends and neighbors, are the best ways to find a housing inspector. Anyone who has used a home inspection service and has been satisfied with the level of customer care and professionalism they have experienced could recommend a qualified professional.
In addition, the names of the inspectors in your area will find them in the ASHI’s online database, or you can locate them in the Yellow Pages where they are advertised as “Building Inspection Service” or “Home Inspection Service”. Well root professionals are generally familiar with the inspection services in their area, and can provide a list of qualified professionals.
When do I call the Home Inspector?
Before signing the contract or purchase agreement, make sure that in the contract there is a clause that contains that will make the purchase on the results obtained in the professional inspection of the house. This clause should specify the terms to which the buyer and seller are bound. Contact a housing inspector immediately after signing the contract or purchase agreement. Housing inspectors know the times that are involved in the purchase agreements; most are available to perform the required inspection in a few days.
Do I have to be there?
You do not need to be present, but you should look for time to stay with the inspector while making your visits. This will allow you to observe the inspector, ask questions as well as learn about the conditions in the house, how your systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with the inspector, you will find the written report easier to understand.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. When the inspector finds problems, it does not necessarily mean that he should not buy the house. The inspector’s results show you the conditions of the property prior to the purchase of the home. A seller can adjust the purchase price or agree terms if larger problems are discovered during the inspection. If your budget is adjusted, or you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.
If it proves that the house is in good condition, was an inspection necessary?
Yes. Now you can finish with the purchase of your home with the confidence of knowing the conditions in which you find the property and all of your equipment and systems. From the inspection, you will have learned many things about your new home, and you will want to keep that information for future reference.