What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a professional, visual examination of the accessible systems, components and elements in a home. HomePro’s emphasis is to identify existing or potential problems that could affect a purchasers’ buying decision.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house before you buy. If you are selling your home, a pre-listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by another home inspector. Discovering them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale. A HomePro home inspection screens for major problems allowing buyers to make a more informed decision about the house they are purchasing.
What does a Home Inspection exclude?
A home inspection is not a warranty or guarantee. Separate warranties are commercially available. Many aspects of the home are outside the scope of the home inspection and can be incorporated into the real estate sales contract- wood destroying insect, underground tanks and wells, well performance, water testing, septic, sauna, yard and fire sprinklers, mold and/ or mildew, appliances- washer, dryer, refrigerator, sub-zero, icemaker and portable microwave ovens, indoor air quality, lead paint, central vacuums, security systems, moisture intrusion aka “stucco inspections”, chimney flue scanning, wood stoves, solar panels, generators, outbuildings, retaining walls, swimming pools, pool equipment, fences and gates, property lines, and so forth. In short, home inspections include houses and garages.
Do I need to be there during the Inspection?
The purpose of the inspection is to provide you with as much information about the house as possible therefore we highly recommend that you be present. It’s a valuable and memorable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you’ll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.
How long will the Inspection take?
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2 to 3 hours is typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.
Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?
Any home can have problems, regardless of age. A professional inspection of a new home can be an informative and enlightening experience. Potential problems can be detected early, while they are still easy to correct. For a home still under construction, it’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the insulation is installed. As building professionals, we may find problems or have suggestions that can be helpful to point out to the builder before any repercussions can occur.
What if the Inspection uncovers problems?
Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is going to be perfect but it is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered it is best to have the corresponding professional contractor visit the house, assess the condition and quote for repairs. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about conditions before you settle gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.
Will you fix the problems during the Home Inspection?
No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home. There are no ulterior motives.