FAQs about Home Inspection
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual, objective and non-evasive examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
How long does a home inspection take to perform?
On average, a single-family home inspection usually takes 2-4 hours to complete, depending on the size, age and condition of the structure. though this is heavily dependent on the of the size and condition of the home. After the inspection process, the inspector will send the client a report that covers their findings, complete with pictures, analysis and recommendations.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing system; electrical system; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; and the foundation, basement and structural components. InterNachi publishes a Standard of Practice that outlines what to expect to be covered in a normal home inspection. It is important to note that there may be some exceptions. If certain areas are inaccessible (locked door, tenant’s belongings in the way) or unsafe conditions (severely steep roofs, poor structural integrity) the inspector will explain the situation and note that they were not able to assess that specific area or system.
Why do homebuyers need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment the homebuyer will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, homebuyers should strive to learn as much as they can about the house before they buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. Through the home inspection process, homebuyers will have a better understanding about their prospective house, which will allow them to make educated decisions with confidence. If a homeowner is planning to sell their home, a home inspection can give them the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition(Pre-Listing Inspection).
Do the homebuyers have to be there?
It is not required for the homebuyer to be present for the inspection. However, ASHI recommends attending so the homebuyer can receive the most value from their inspection. This allows homebuyers to observe the inspector and ask questions throughout the process. Many homebuyers find that talking with their inspectors gives them a better understanding the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
A professional home inspection is an examination and objective assessment of the current condition of a house. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems 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 if the inspection report reveals problems?
It is important to note that no house is perfect. Every home inspection will identify issues with the property and the inspector will communicate the severity of the issues found. The home inspector’s goal is to leave their clients with a deeper understanding of their prospective home, so the client can make a sound and educated decision as they continue their home buying process. The client should be fully aware of any issues, risks, or health concerns that may impact the client’s decision. The inspector’s role is not to tell the clients if they should buy the house or not, but to help the clients understand the full cost of ownership. If major problems are found, homebuyers may wish to negotiate with the seller to make repairs or cover their costs.
What if an issue arises with the home inspection or report?
In some cases, defects are missed. We always suggest that the homebuyer contact their home inspector and explain the concerns they have with the home inspection report. In most cases, the inspector will be very understanding and willing to remedy any issue with the report. Sometimes, it may turn out to be a simple misunderstanding, with the inspector providing further explanation clarifying the issue. In many states, like Ohio and Kentucky, home inspectors are licensed and follow the regulations put in place by their state. Keep in mind that humans make mistakes.