Getting a home inspection done on a property that you are considering for purchase is a great resource. A home inspection will allow you to know the exact condition of a home – its major systems, its components, as well as the quality of air. This can be very useful information before you close the deal on your new home, as you can save yourself the headache, not to mention the expenses involved in getting your new home repaired or made fit to live in.
What To Expect
Home inspections are carried out by professional and certified home inspectors. Here’s what you can expect from a home inspection as well as from the home inspector:
A home inspection is a visual inspection of all the systems of a home such as the electrical systems, plumbing systems, heating and air conditioning systems, the roof, the basement, the insulation, the walls and ceilings, doors and windows, foundation of the home, staircases, floors etc.
You can expect a home inspection to tell you about any instances of mold, asbestos, or radon in the home.
You can expect a home inspection to last up to three or four hours. This is the time taken to inspect a regular 3-4 bedroom home. But if the home is larger or smaller, you can expect the time taken for home inspection to vary.
You can expect a home inspector to have the necessary equipment needed for home inspection. This includes ladders, flashlights, a fuel gas and carbon monoxide detector, moisture meter, level, electrical testers, and inspection mirror. Beware of any inspector who is not properly equipped and just waltzes in with a flashlight to carry out the home inspection.
Expect to be present for the home inspection. Although this is not mandatory, it is better if you get a first hand view of the exact condition of your prospective home.
What A Home Inspector WILL Provide You With
Expect a home inspector to provide you with:
A detailed report about the condition of all the main systems and components of the house. Just a hand written checklist is not considered as an adequate report.
A home inspector may provide you with some recommendations for additional investigations or evaluation by specialists, if they find signs of neglect or deterioration in any area of the home.
A home inspector should provide you with answers to any questions that you may have and also clarifications on the report, if you so require.
The home inspector should be available to you in the future, if you have any doubts or further questions.
What A Home Inspector WILL NOT Provide You With
A home inspector will not provide you with any guarantees or warranties about the components and systems in the home, but only a visual evaluation of the condition of such systems.
A home inspector will not provide you with a report about the compliance or non-compliance of any building codes or any structural defects of the home.
No home inspector should provide you with any offers or quotations for repair work of any defects found by him while inspecting the home. Such an offer is deemed unethical due to a conflict of interest.
Home inspectors may not provide you with their necessary credentials unless specifically asked for.
Any home inspection is done to give you an idea about the condition of that home. But no home inspector will be able to uncover all the possible defects during a home inspection. So always expect to come across some ‘hidden’ defects in a home that may not have been reported by the home inspection.
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