Why do I need a Home Inspection?
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. An unbiased professional home inspection can provide you with opinions and observations of the house that you may not be able to get from anyone else.
Do I need to be there during the inspection?
No, you aren't required to be there for the inspection. Although, we highly recommend that you be present. It's a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. If you are there, you can ask questions directly to the inspector. We feel you'll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.
How long will the inspection take?
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 2-3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer. Condo inspections typically take less time; 1 to 1.5 hours.
Does a newly constructed home need to be inspected?
Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. Just because it's new doesn't mean there aren't problems that should be addressed before you move in.
Why can't I do the inspection myself?
Beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional home inspector brings, it is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it's impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the home, and this may cloud your judgment. A professional home inspector will provide an objective reporting of the facts.
What if the inspection uncovers problems?
The report will describe the problems that were discovered. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any discoveries might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired prior to closing. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems before you buy gives you important information that you can use to make that decision.