A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure of a home, from the roof to the foundation.
Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems are found, the inspector will refer you to the appropriate specialist or trades person for further evaluation.
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with all the elements of home construction, proper installation, and maintenance.
A home inspector is typically called right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection.
The inspection fee for a typical single family house varies, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, location and possible additional services, such as pool inspection.
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy.
After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and will be able to make a confident buying decision.
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal code inspection. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.