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10 Questions on Home Inspections

  1. Do I need a home inspection?
  2. What does a home inspection include?
  3. What will a home inspection cost?
  4. Why can't I perform my own home inspection?
  5. When do I call a home inspector?
  6. Are home inspections just for home buyers?
  7. Should I be there for the inspection?
  8. Can a house pass or fail a home inspection?
  9. What if the report reveals problems?
  10. If the report doesn't reveal any problems, did I waste my money?

First off, a home inspection is an objective visual, non-technical examination of the building structure, inside and out, foundation to roof, and everything in between.

1. Do I need a home inspection?

Purchasing a home, whether it is or isn’t your first, will most likely be the largest investment you will ever make. A home inspection needs to be part of your purchasing process. Just as you would determine if the neighborhood is a right fit, you need to have a trained professional determine if the home will also fit.

Home inspections come in many forms and are not limited to existing homes. A new construction home inspection may alert you to the need for major repairs, builder oversights, as well as inform you of maintenance needed for the upkeep of your new home. Having a home inspected, whether new, old, or in between, can also help you better understand the need for yearly maintenance. Being informed by an inspector will help you better understand what will be needed to make your home more comfortable.

2. What does a home inspection include?

Our home inspection report will cover the condition of the foundation, basement, structural components, roof, attic and visible insulation, as well as the walls, ceilings, windows, doors, and floors. We also inspect various systems of the home, including the heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing, and the electrical systems. We can also check appliances if you need.

Other inspections can pertain to specific items or conditions that you may look for that are above and beyond the scope of the real-estate inspection. These can come in the form of Energy Inspections, mold inspections, Radon inspections, maintenance inspections, new construction 11 month inspections, and etc…

3. What will a home inspection cost?

Inspection fees vary, depending on the type, size of the home, age, and if other inspection services are requested at the same time. If other services are requested at the same time of the standard home inspection, this will add time to the inspection, thus costing more. Also, please keep in mind that the cost of inspections pales in comparison to you making one of the largest investment purchases in your life, and the potential costs you may occur in the future. The most important aspect is the reduced stress of knowing beforehand any issues that may need to be addressed before moving in and what maintenance needs to be completed.

4. Why can't I perform my own home inspection?

Because, while a home inspection sounds simple enough, it is much more involved than
following a simple checklist. I believe that checklists are good only to see if an item is there, but they do not check its condition or function. A home inspector is a highly trained and registered professional, familiar with the elements of building construction, proper installation, maintenance of building elements, and home environment and safety issues. This will provide a good knowledge base relative to how the various systems and components of a home are intended to function and why they fail. Your Home Inspector also has experience gained from training and past inspections, and is able to approach the inspection from an objective, unemotional, and unbiased point of view.

5. When do I call a home inspector?

Contacting a home inspector is typically done during the same time you are looking at homes. You need to shop for the best as you are shopping for the best home you can afford to live in. Comparing home inspectors as to what training, experience, travel distance, specialties, and cost all can play into what you can expect from an inspector. You need to find a home inspector that stands out and fills your need as we can here at JDH Inspections. When time comes to sign a purchase agreement, make sure to add a home inspections clause to the agreement. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. Your real-estate agent can assist you in filling this out.

6. Are home inspections just for home buyers?

Home Inspections are not just for home buyers. Sellers can benefit from a home inspection as well. A home inspection will give the seller an opportunity to make repairs, if found, and put the home in a better selling condition. Having a proactive mindset will help you in reducing the stress of your homes overall condition. Remember that first impressions do matter!

Home inspections are not just limited to homes. You can have inspections in many forms that help you become more comfortable in your home. For example, you may have a radon inspection, mold inspection, lead inspection, home maintenance inspection, thermal imaging camera inspection, energy audit inspection and etc… These types are there to help the property owner become more aware of their property and inform them as to what needs to be done to live comfortably and safe.

7. Should I be there for the inspection?

We strongly encourage you to be there during the inspection or at least for the last part of it. If it is not at all possible, then we ask that you write down what you have questions on and forward those to us so we can go over them and make sure that these are addressed, and you feel comfortable in our findings. During the building inspection though, you are able to observe our inspector and ask questions about the condition, any concerns, or future maintenance needs that you may have.

8. Can a house pass or fail a home inspection?

No, a home inspection is not one that passes or fails. It is not an appraisal, nor is it a code inspection. A professional home inspection is a visual, non-technical examination of the current condition of a house, including its physical condition, and indicating what components and systems may need major repair or replacement. There is a report that is submitted to you at the end of an inspection to have for reference as to what is in need of repair or replacement. The final report is there to assist you in making the decision as to whether the home is the right fit for you or not.

9. What if the report reveals problems?

Remember, a home inspection isn't a pass or fail situation, but an overall assessment of condition. If problems have been found, it doesn't mean you should or shouldn't buy the house. The report just provides you with additional information for consideration, and may alert you to potential issues in the future. If major problems are found, you and the seller can negotiate on the repairs. This can lead you to adjust your offer, or you may decide not to make an offer at all. The finale decision is yours to make!

10. If the report doesn't reveal any problems, did I waste my money?

Remember, it isn't about passing or failing. Having a limited amount of findings does not mean it was a waste, but instead it shows that you can complete the transaction with confidence in knowing the homes condition. The inspection has taught you about the home, its systems, and their functions. This knowledge will help you become more aware of the maintenance that needs to be performed and give you the confidence in your decision to purchase or not.