Question: When do I call a home inspector?
Answer: Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Question: What will it cost?
Answer: The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or radon testing. Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector's qualifications including experience, training, and professional affiliations as a guide.
Question: Do I have to be there?
Answer: While it is not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly 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.
Question - Do only old homes require a home inspection?
Answer - No. When a home is being purchased, whether it is brand new or older, it should be inspected. The American Society of Home Inspectors ("ASHI") recommends that a home be inspected every 10 years, regardless of whether a sale is taking place.
Question - Do you inspect commercial properties?
Answer - I am licensed to inspect 6 unit dwellings or less but can assist with securing a commercial inspection.
Question: What if the report reveals problems?
Answer: No home is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it does not mean the client should or should not buy the home, only that the client will know in advance what to expect. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs or to reduce cost/provide money for repairs.
Question: Can a house fail a home inspection?
Answer: No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need repair or replacement.
Question: If the house proves to be in good condition, did it really need an inspection?
Answer: Definitely. Now the client can complete their home purchase with confidence. The client will have learned many things about their new home and will have that information for future reference.