Home Inspection FAQ for Home Buyers & Seller

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection may be a visual examination of the home’s major structure, systems, and components that are unmistakable and securely available. The inspector should considerably follow to a measure of practice that traces what ought to be secured amid a common home inspection, as well as what is prohibited. A few inspectors may entirely follow the benchmarks of practice, whereas others may surpass the guidelines and assess other things, or perform a more point by point review. 

Anything the inspector incorporates in his or her inspection ought to be discussed earlier to the inspection – typically known as the scope of work. The inspector should be able to provide you with a copy or online link to the standards of practice they follow. The reviewer ought to give you a written report, which may include photographs and/or recommendations, of his or her discoveries of the inspection.

Why should I get a home inspection?

Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it’s important to get a home inspection because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer.  Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan. 

How much does a home inspection cost?

There is no set cost for a home inspection. The cost will vary based on the inspector, the local market, the geographic region, the scope of the inspection to be performed, and more. Before the inspection, you should find out what will be included in the inspection and what won’t, and these details should also be outlined in the inspection agreement that you will need to sign prior to the inspection.

How long does a home inspection take?

Depending on the home’s age, size, and location, as well as the home inspector’s own work protocols and ethic, your home inspection may take up to three hours. Adding square footage, outbuildings, and/or ancillary services (pool or sprinkler) will increase that time. It may be necessary for your inspector to bring in a helper for a very large property. If your general home inspection takes significantly less than two to three hours, it may indicate that the inspector was not thorough enough.

Should I be present for the inspection?

You should attend the inspection, and you should reconsider hiring an inspector who doesn’t allow this. You can learn a lot by following an inspector through the home. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home’s condition, which will give you insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home’s maintenance, systems, and components that may provide useful for the transaction.

What happens if the inspection reveals problems?

If your home inspection reveals any problems, it is important to understand the severity of the defect. For example, a missing shingle or dirty air filter can be easily fixed at a low cost. However, if the defect is more extreme, such as a major foundation crack, wood-destroying organism infestation, or evidence of mold, you should find out how these problems can be addressed, and whether you can negotiate their cost with the seller.

Digital Home Inspections serves Phoenix and surrounding cities. We provide first-class Home Inspection reports for buyers and sellers, as well as warranty and maintenance inspections. Schedule a Home Inspection online or call me directly at 480-563-1800

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