What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a comprehensive examination of the home’s major systems and structure. It is a visual assessment that focuses more on the performance of the house, rather on its curb appeal or cosmetic appearance.

Such inspections are usually done during the home buying and home selling process.

What does a home inspection include?

The home inspection report highlights potential problematic areas and identifies components that are deficient or near the end of their life. Home inspectors inspect the condition of:

  • HVAC system
  • Thermostats
  • Plumbing & Electrical fixtures
  • Roof & Attic
  • Garage & Basement
  • Foundation & Structural Components
  • Floors, Doors, Windows, Ceiling

However, it does not include cosmetics, swimming pools, spas, and outbuildings.

Why do I need a home inspection?

Your home is probably the most significant investment of your life. You will want to do everything you can to protect this investment, right? A home inspection process is something that helps you with the same.

When you call professional home inspectors to analyze the condition of the property, you get insightful information about its performance. Based on the report they present, you can decide upon the necessary repairs and maintenance to be done. It also helps you make the right decision, whether buying or selling your home.

If you are buying a home, an inspection can help you estimate the true value of the property. It can educate you about the unexpected difficulties that may arise in the future.

If you are planning to sell your home, an inspection can help you make necessary repairs before you put it out on the market. It can also provide you the upper hand in the negotiation process.

An annual home inspection also helps homeowners identify potential problems that can turn into future expensive repairs.

How much does a home inspection cost?

The home inspection cost usually varies on the location of the property. Different geographical areas have different price ranges.

Our average home inspection at H.A.S, Inspections depends on the square footage and age of the property. It also differs based on the services ordered. For example, a complete home inspection will cost you more than a radon inspection or wind mitigation.

Why can’t I do it myself?

Unlike professional home inspectors, homeowners don’t have the specialized training, knowledge, and experience to perform a physical examination of the house. Moreover, professionals know what they are doing. They are familiar with the effective functioning of the various electrical and plumbing systems, fixtures, and fittings. They have the right tools and instruments to identify hot spots, moisture intrusion, air leaks, cracks in the foundation, that are otherwise invisible to an untrained eye.

Furthermore, home inspectors provide a third-party opinion and reveal the true value of a property. Since homeowners are emotionally attached to their properties, they cannot think with the mindset of a professional home inspector.

Lastly, some state and financial lenders only allow a licensed inspector to complete an inspection. So, until and unless you have a license, you cannot or should not perform a home inspection.

Could a house fail a home inspection?

As mentioned before, a home inspection aims at informing homeowners about the condition of the property. It highlights the systems and components that must be replaced or repaired in order for the lender/ bank to lend you money. But that doesn’t mean the house has “failed” the inspection.

It’s not like an academic examination, rather a physical examination of the home’s condition. So, don’t worry. Even if the report pinpoints defects, fix them, and rectify the deficiencies.

When do I call a home inspector?

A home inspector is usually contacted before the seller pre-lists their property for sale, and after the buyer signs the purchase agreement. However, if the home inspection clause is not included in the contract, the seller can deny the buyer’s request for the same.

A professional home inspector is also contacted when homeowners want to make annual repairs and maintenance or take on a home remodeling project.

Do I have to be present during the inspection?

Home inspectors complete the inspection with the highest standards, even if you are not present during the process. However, it’s recommended that you attend it.

The goal of the home inspection is better achieved when you are present, as professionals can educate you about the property’s condition. By accompanying the inspector, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Get a better understanding of the inspection report and the home.
  • Ask questions about the repairs suggested.

What if the report reveals a problem?

Nothing is perfect. Perfect is merely an illusion. The problems highlighted in the home inspection report give you enough information about the performance of the property. Based on the report, you can get the repairs done or ask the home seller to reduce their offering price.

However, the presence of a problem doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy or sell the house. If the defects are fixed before they turn into more significant problems, nothing should hinder the real estate transaction.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

A home inspection provides peace of mind to homeowners. So, even if the house appears in good condition, the examination was needed.

With the report, you can purchase or sell the property with confidence. You can also use it as a reference point for future repairs.

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