What is a Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection is a detailed visual survey of the home's or building's major structural & mechanical systems. This typically includes; Plumbing, Heating, Electrical, Central Air Conditioning, Roofing, General Exterior, General Interior, Basement/CrawlSpace & Attic Spaces. Most Home Inspection companies utilize Pre-Inspection Contracts.
Are other Inspections offered?
Most Home Inspection companies offer optional inspections such as: Termite & Wood Destroying Insects, Radon, Septic/Cesspool Systems, Lead Paint & Well Quality & Quantity Tests.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
Buying a home is the single largest purchase most of us make in our lifetime.
Foregoing a Home Inspection can be very costly. Many problems can go undetected such as significant insect damage or physical/mechanical defects which can go unnoticed to an untrained eye. The inspection cost is a very small fraction of the purchase price. Now is not the time to be frugal. Chances are you may regret it later.
When should I schedule the Inspection?
Typically, the buyers should schedule the inspection immediately after they sign the purchase & sales aggreement. Look closely at the inspection contingency as it usually specifies a fixed amount of time in which the inspections must be performed. Occasionally a buyer will have the inspections performed prior to making an offer & then base the offer on the findings.
How Long does the Inspection take?
Depending on the size, age, types of inspections & whether a crawl space is present the average inspection time is between 2 and 4 hours.