A home inspection is thorough visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.
Buying a home could be the biggest investment you will ever make. To minimize unexpected surprises and difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. View a Sample Home Inspection Report.
A home inspection typically takes between 3 to 4 hours depending on the size and condition of the home.
It’s always a good idea to attend the inspection or have a
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. If you are not able to make the inspection having a representative (like your Real Estate Agent) there can be a good alternative to get your questions answered.
Fees vary depending on the square footage, age and additional inspection requested. Call us to get a quote: (571) 259-6958.