A home inspection is like a physical checkup for your property. Just like you would see a doctor or dentist for regular checkups, a home inspection is crucial for assessing the condition of your home. It's necessary to uncover potential issues before you finalize a purchase or even if you're already a homeowner who wants to stay ahead of maintenance issues.
A typical home inspection can take a few hours to complete, depending on the size and age of the property. During the inspection, the inspector examines the structural components, foundation, roof, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, appliances, and more. The inspector will take detailed notes and may point out any items that require attention.
The best time to schedule a home inspection is after you've made an offer on a property and before any contingencies have expired. This way, you can include any findings from the inspection in your negotiations or decision-making.
Common threats and issues that often crop up during a home inspection include leaks in the roof or foundation, outdated electrical or plumbing systems, faulty HVAC systems, insect or rodent infestations, and poor insulation or ventilation.
Though you don't necessarily have to attend the inspection, we highly advise you to do so! It's an incredible opportunity to learn about the property you're potentially investing in or identify potential issues that you may have missed. You can ask any questions you have and gain a better understanding of the condition of the property.
Yes! You are welcome to request an inspector that you're familiar with, or hunt down one that has excellent reviews or reputation. Just remember to make sure that the inspector is licensed, experienced, and qualified to conduct the inspection.
The cost of a home inspection can vary depending on many factors such as the size of the property, location, age of the property, and additional testing that may be required. On average, a standard inspection costs between $300 and $500.
While a standard home inspection covers the most important systems and components of the home, a few crucial areas might not be included, like swimming pools, septic tanks, and wells. If you need specialized inspections, like mold or termites, you'll need to request them separately.
After the inspection, you will receive a written report that provides a detailed account of the inspection, including photos and recommendations for repairs. The amount of time it takes to receive the report depends on the inspector, but it usually a 24 hour turnaround time. At Inspection Dr. Home Inspections we deliver a written report with pictures and comments same day!
After the inspection, you have various options to address any findings. You might negotiate the repairs with the seller, or you may even decide to back out of the sale. You may also choose to pay for any repairs yourself or share the cost with the seller. The repairs you're responsible for, depends on the terms of your purchase agreement. It's best to go over all contracts with your attorney if you have any doubts.
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