What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. A complete written report including photographs and narrative explanations of findings is provided.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you will 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.
What will it cost?
The inspection fee varies depending on the age, size and presence of additional structures that may be part of the subject property. A free estimate is always available.
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 price is not necessarily a bargain.
Why can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with all the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. They will know how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want. This may have an effect on their judgment. for accurate information it is best to obtain an impartial third party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems it doesn't mean you should or shouldn't buy the house, only that you know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight or you don't want to become involved in future repair work this information will be important to you. If major problems are found a seller may agree to make repairs.
If the house proves to be in good condition did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You will have learned many things about your new home from the inspectors written report and will have that information for future reference.
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