Frequently Asked Questions
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is when a licensed home inspector reviews a house to find structural, electrical or mechanical flaws. The home inspection is done to protect the buyer, by revealing problems that they may not notice.
Why is a home inspection necessary?
A Home inspection is not required, but it is highly recommended. It gives you the peace of mind knowing the true condition of the home. If the inspector finds something you are unwilling to accept, it gives you a way to back out of the contract.
Who pays for the inspection?
In most cases, the potential home buyer pays for the home inspection. The only inspection that is typically paid for by the seller is the Pre-Listing Inspection.
How long does a home inspection take?
The time spent depends on the size of the house, it can take from two to four hours on average.
What's involved in the inspection process?
When the inspector arrive onsite, they will examine the property inside and out. Once they have completed the inspection, they will review any areas of concern with you. After the inspection report is complete you will have a copy to review and decide what you're comfortable accepting, and what you're going to ask the seller to fix.
What does the inspector look for?
They look for problems with the home's heating, cooling, structure, plumbing, roof, electrical, windows and doors to name a few.
Does the home inspector test for mold in the house?
No, they will alert you to any visual signs of microbial growth or fungus that they may find.
Can I get out of a contract based on what the home inspector finds?
Yes, if you include a contingency in your purchase agreement. This allows you to back out if the inspector finds something of major concern that the seller is no willing to repair.