What Is A Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual analysis of a home’s structure and systems. An inspection will determine the areas of a home that are not performing properly, as well as items that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe. Inspections include areas of the home’s interior and exterior from the roof to the foundation and the exterior drainage and retaining walls. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation. A home inspection is a visual inspection to determine problems or conditions that exist at the time of the inspection. A home inspection is not a warranty. A warranty can be obtained separately. A detailed report of your inspection will alert you to present home and or business conditions and also recommended actions to be taken in the future if something is near it’s “end of life” like a furnace, for instance.
The purchase of a home is one of the largest purchases you will make. It is important that you know as much as possible about this purchase. An inspection report will describe the home in detail and will highlight the areas that are problems. It’s even a good idea to get a home inspection even if you are already a homeowner. We all get physical checkups – why not give your home a checkup?
Many homeowners are living in homes that have serious problems that if identified early can save considerable repair costs. Water leaks can cause serious and costly problems, but if they are caught early it’s a minor repair – later on, things change. A home inspection will also give you an outline of the routine maintenance that needs to be done to the home. Home sellers will want an inspection to find problems that a buyer’s inspection would have found. The seller can then make the repairs prior to the home going on the market, or you can use this information to negotiate a way to make it right between seller and buyer.
CAN I DO AN INSPECTION MYSELF?
The prospective home buyer is not able to look at the home with the unbiased critical eye of a home inspector. Even a home buyer with construction experience does not have the knowledge and tools of a home inspector. A good inspector is trained and experienced in finding the clues in a home that indicate problems. These clues are sometimes very subtle and hard to find. Most home inspectors use tools that help them determine problems. Our home inspectors have performed hundreds of inspections, and they are familiar with problems with building materials or building styles.