What to expect from a Home Inspection:
Let’s face it, buying a home can be a stressful process. A proper Home Inspection will help you make an informed decision and bring you the peace of mind you deserve.
A home inspection is:
- An excellent tool to help you make an informed decision when buying a home.
- A valuable asset when you are selling a home.
- An overview of the property looking for significant items, rather than an all-inclusive technical audit.
- A performance-based inspection rather than a design or code evaluation.
- A representative sampling of the many systems and components in a home. An inspector will not test every electrical receptacle, and may only operate one window per room, for example.
- Focused on the big visible items that might affect a typical person’s buying decision. This includes major issues with the structure, roof, heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems.
- A fair comparison of a Home Inspector would be a family doctor. A family doctor can give you a general overview of your health, but does not perform MRI’s or surgery. They defer to the specialists for those services.
- Designed to give you peace of mind and reduce your risk, not eliminate or assume it.
A home inspection is not:
- Invasive, destructive, or exhaustive.
- Able to predict the future, or see through walls, carpets, storage, and furnishings.
- Able to identify intermittent problems. If it’s not raining, it is difficult to tell if there is an active roof leak.
- Intended to identify every problem in the home. Two - four hours does not allow enough time to do so.
- A design review of the structure, mechanical or electrical systems, for example.
- A code compliance check. Homes that may have complied with a code at the time they were built, may not comply now. (Building Code, Plumbing Code, Electrical Code, Gas Code, etc.)
- An evaluation of the aesthetics of the home.