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Frequently Asked Questions
A home inspection is an objective visual analysis of a home’s structure and systems at the time of the inspection. It determines areas of a home that are not performing properly, as well as items that are beyond their useful life or unsafe. Inspections include the home’s interior and exterior, from roof to foundation, and exterior drainage and retaining walls. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?
Buying a home is one of the largest purchases you will make. It’s important to know as much as possible about it. A home inspector is trained to evaluate the home in detail and give you a report that allows you to make a good decision about the purchase. The report describes the home in detail and highlights areas that are problems.
A home inspection is a good idea even if you are already a homeowner. Many homeowners live in homes with serious problems that, if identified early, can save on repair costs. Water leaks can cause serious and costly problems, but if caught early can be repaired at little cost. A home inspection also gives you an outline of the routine home maintenance needed.
WILL THE INSPECTOR PROVIDE ME WITH COST OF REPAIRS?
The home inspector license does not allow the inspectors to provide the cost of any repairs of issues found in the home during an inspection. It is recommended to follow up with the appropriate licensed professional for issue to be repaired.
DO INSPECTORS HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE?
All licensed inspectors are required to carry liability insurance. So make sure that the inspector you choose is fully licensed.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN A HOME INSPECTORS LICENSE?
To obtain a home inspector license, extensive training and education is required. There is also a national exam to ensure the inspectors knowledge in all areas of the home. For more information, contact your local state representative of call our office.
WHEN PURCHASING A HOME, WHEN SHOULD I CALL FOR A HOME INSPECTION?
You should have the home inspected as soon as possible once you have an accepted offer. Consult your real estate agent about having a clause in the agreement that lets you have an inspection and the right to terminate the agreement if you find the home in unsatisfactory condition. This clause should specify the terms to which both buyers and seller are obligated.
WHAT IF THE INSPECTION REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
Almost all homes will show problems. Even newly constructed homes will have problems noted on an inspection report—this is why inspection is recommend for new construction. Inspectors can identify major costly problems. Minor problems are to be expected and can be repaired after closing. If problems are costly, you’ll be able to decide about purchasing the home with proper knowledge about future costs. Consult your real estate agent for any possible negotiations with seller as to fixing problems.
CAN I DO AN INSPECTION MYSELF?
Those buying a home will look for reasons to purchase a home they want. Prospective home buyers cannot look at a home with the unbiased, critical eye of a home inspector. Even home buyers with construction experience don’t have a home inspector’s knowledge and tools. Good inspectors are trained and experienced in finding clues that indicate home problems—these are sometimes subtle and hard to find. Most have performed thousands of inspections and are familiar with problems in certain building materials or styles.
WHAT WILL A TYPICAL HOME INSPECTION COST?
Each home inspection company has their own pricing structure. Inspection fees vary based on the area of the country and type, size, and features of the home or building. Most home inspectors will charge extra for services such as radon testing, termite inspections, well and septic inspections. Make sure they follow U.S. EPA Protocols for radon testing; ask where they take samples for water testing.
The inspection cost should not be the only consideration for hiring a home inspector. A good inspection that informs you of all potential problems is worth the money. A “bargain” inspector may give an inferior report. Remember: Once you’ve purchased the home, it may be costly to repair problems that were not in the report.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?
The home inspector’s report reviews the condition of the home’s heating system, plumbing, electrical system, and central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), as well as the roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, basement, landscaping, and visible structure.
SHOULD I BE THERE DURING THE INSPECTION?
We recommend that you are present at the home inspection to ask questions after inspection and for them to point out potential problems areas. You’ll be able to see the extent of problems that are sometimes hard to convey in a report. Most inspectors will also show you how the heating system works and certain home maintenance items to keep the home in good condition.
Source: Bits and Bytes. The opinions expressed about home inspections are our own (RJ Inspections) and not the opinions of others.
If you are not completely satisfied at the end of the inspections, not only will we refund the inspection fee, but we will also pay for another licensed inspector of your choice to inspect the same home. We are so confident in what we do, we are willing to back it up 200%!
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