What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of a home’s readily-accessible systems, and components, and their conditions. Can be performed for a real estate transaction or as an annual maintenance inspection.

How long does a home inspection take?

On average, it usually takes 2-4 hours to complete an inspection on a single-family home. Times are heavily dependent on the size and condition of the home.

Does the homebuyer have to attend the home inspection?

It is not required for the homebuyer to be present for the inspection. However, we strongly encourage attending. The homebuyer benefits the most by observing the inspector and asking questions throughout the process. Many homebuyers find that talking with their inspectors gives them a better understanding of the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

Can a house fail a home inspection?

There is no pass or fail in a home inspection. A home inspection describes a structure’s physical conditions and indicates what systems and components may need major repair or replacement. A home inspection is not an appraisal and will not determine the home’s market value. It is also not a municipal inspection and does not verify local code compliance.

What happens if the report reveals any problems?

No home is perfect. Every home inspection will reveal issues. The purpose of the report is to identify those issues so the client is aware. The inspector’s role is not to tell the clients if they should buy the house or not, but to help the client understand the full cost of ownership. If major issues do exist, the client may wish to negotiate with the seller to make repairs or cover costs.

What if I have questions about my report?

Whether it’s the day you receive the report or any time in the future, please feel free to reach out to us. We are always available and would love to address any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate. Just ask!