What is an inspection?

An inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, its structure and systems. It is designed to identify defects within the specific systems and components in the home as they are observed and deemed material by the inspector at the time of the inspection.  If you are thinking of buying a residential property, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.

 

Can a residential property "fail" an inspection?

No.  An inspector will not pass or fail a residence, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items are in need of repair or replacement.

 

Do I need an inspection?

Buying a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make.  A home inspection will inform you of the condition of the property before you buy, so you will understand what additional cost you may incur as a homeowner.  After an inspection, you should have a clearer understanding of the property and be more confident in your decision to buy.  The inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape.  As a seller, an inspection can identify potential problems in the sale of your home and allow you to make any repairs in a less stressful timeframe and in a more cost efficient manner.

 

Do I need to be present at the home inspection?

While it is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, you are welcome and encouraged to attend. Your attendance will allow you to see any potential issues and have any concerns addressed in real time.
 

Who hires the inspector?

The Client usually retains the inspector. The inspector works for you. The report cannot be given to anyone else without your consent.

 

Do I need a home inspection when my bank is having the home appraised?

A home inspection is an entirely different examination of the home and extremely valuable to any home buyer.  A home appraisal is an independent evaluation of the current market value of a home or property.  In general, the purpose of an appraisal is to set the current value of a home so that a lender may determine how much it can loan to the buyer. The appraiser looks at similar properties in the area and the prices at which they were sold to set the value of the home.  A home inspector conducts a thorough evaluation of the home’s major systems.