A home inspection is an objective and visual examination of a home’s physical structure and systems, from the roof of the house to the foundation.
Home inspections typically cover the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning, interior plumbing, electrical systems, the roof, attic and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, and the basement foundation and structural components. A home inspection report can include a well or septic inspection, too. With an additional fee, these are specific inspections by a licensed inspector.
Purchasing a home could be the hugest single investment you’ll ever make, however, to minimize unexpected surprises and difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing home before buying it. A typical home inspection may examine the need for large repairs or build oversights, as well as the need for home maintenance to keep it in good shape.
After the home inspection, you’ll know more about the house, which will allow you to make future decisions with confidence. If you’re already a homeowner, a home inspection can examine any potential problems and suggest preventive measures that’ll help you avoid future costly repairs. If you’re planning to sell you home, a home inspection can give you the chance to make repairs that will put your house in excellent selling condition.
Oftentimes, a home inspector is contacted right after the contract or signed purchase agreement. Before you sign, though, make sure there’s an inspection clause in the contract, making your last purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a proper home inspection. This clause should identify the terms and conditions for both the buyer and seller.
The inspection fee depends on the size and type of home being inspected. The average inspection cost is between $240.00 to $400.000. Other inspections, like Well, Septic, or Radon, are done at an additional fee, if requested.
It’s highly recommend that you be present for your home inspection. You’ll be able to examine the inspector and ask any questions about the condition of your home, how to maintain it, etc.
Depending on your home’s size and condition, a proper inspection will take at least two hours. Ideally, you will be present during the home inspection so that you’ll have visual reinforcement of the written inspection report.
Even the most trained and experienced homeowner lacks understanding and expertise of a professional and proper home inspector. A home inspector is familiar with all the elements of home construction, correct installation, home maintenance and safety. He or she knows the home’s systems and components that are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
If the home inspector finds problems, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy your home. It only means that you’ll know what to expect in the future. If your budget is low or you don’t want to become involved in repair work, this information will be very crucial to you. If major problems are found, a seller may want to make those repairs.
Always. Now you can complete your home purchase with satisfaction! If you’ve learned additional information about your new home from the home inspector’s written report, then you’ll have that information for future reference.
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Yes. In 1996, California enacted the Trade Practice Act, which prohibits home inspectors from performing unethical inspection activities. The California Real Estate Inspection Association requires certified member candidates to be actively engaged in the real estate inspection business. To earn certified membership in the American Society of Home Inspectors, inspectors must have performed at least 250 paid professional inspections.