A professional Home Inspection is a good idea before you sell your home. By getting a prelisting inspection before the house goes on the market, you can be better prepared to address and correct issues making the home more marketable and increasing the profit from your sale.
I'm selling my home, should I get a Home Inspection?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a licensed professional Home Inspector. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. They understand how the homes systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they will fail. Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.
Can I perform an Inspection myself?
Yes. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence about the condition of the property and all it's equipment and systems. From the Home Inspection, you will have learned many things about your new home, and will want to keep that information for future reference.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an Inspection?
A Home Inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional Home Inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
When should the appointment be scheduled?
A Home Inspection will usually take between 3 to 4 hours, however depending on the size or age of the home, if it has a crawlspace, or the client wishes to have detached structures inspected, it could take longer.
How long does a Home Inspection take?
A Home Inspection typically cost between 300 and 500 dollars, but several factors can influence the cost such as: the age or size of the home, if there is a crawlspace or sometimes even a basement, or if the Inspector has to make a return trip or follow up inspection because one or more of the utilities were not on at the time of the inspection.
What does a Home Inspection cost?
While it is not necessary for you to be there, it is always recommended that you make time to join the inspector on their visit. This allows you to observe the Inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how it's systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with the Inspector, you will find the written report easier to understand.
Can I follow along?
A Home Inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home. Think of it like giving the home a physical checkup. The standard Home Inspectors report will review the condition of: the heating and cooling system, the electrical system, the interior plumbing, the roof surface, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, appliances, foundation, crawlspace (if present), exterior, drainage and grading.
What is a Home Inspection and what does it cover?
Frequently asked questions
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Sources: homeinspectionsva.com, pahi.org, ASHI-homeinspector.org
Can a house fail a Home Inspection?
No. A Home Inspection is an examination of the current condition of a home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes. A Home Inspector will not pass or fail a house. A Home Inspection describes the physical condition and indicates what may need repair or replacement.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect, EVEN IN NEW CONSTRUCTION. When the Inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the home. The findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or you don't want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.