Frequently Asked Questions & Information
Before the Inspection, how to prepare !
Please make sure all the utilities to the home are turned on and everything is in normal operation mode. Inspector does not turn on pilot lights, water mains, shut off valves, electrical breakers, move personal items or belongings, move furniture, etc. Make sure attics, water heaters, air conditioning systems, electrical panels are all accessible and not obstructed. These are all areas of importance and the inspection will be limited if inaccessible.
What is a home inspection performed by a Home Inspector?
A home inspection is an objective “visual” opinion of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation performed by a Professional Certified Home Inspector.
Why does the cost of Inspections vary between Inspectors?
Home Inspectors all have different qualifications, education , experience and yes ethics. While some may offer cheap and quick home inspections, others love what they do, take their time and offer thorough and quality home inspection reports. We like to say, if you need a surgical procedure you dont go out and find the cheapest surgeon. You go out and find the best surgeon money can buy. So why would you trust a cheap & quick inspection for one of the biggest financial decision you’ll ever make. Dont make a mistake in choosing cheap.
What does a home inspection include?
Here are the key areas you can expect to be covered in a home inspection report:
• Structural components .
• Exterior features including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways, railings and driveways.
• Roof system including shingles, flashing and skylights.
• Electrical system including service panels, breakers and fuses.
• Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, water heating equipment.
• Heating system including equipment and venting.
• Cooling system including energy sources and distribution equipment.
• Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings.
• Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.
• Fireplaces including chimneys and vents.
For a complete List of what’s Included or Not, please visit the Standards of Practice at: https://nachi.org/sop.htm
What’s NOT Included in a Home Inspection
There are areas generally not included in a Home Inspection Report unless specified. Inspectors are generalists and are not acting as experts in any craft or trade, and are conducting what is essentially a “visual inspection”. A home inspection is not a code compliance inspection, zoning inspection or an ADA inspection. It is not a prediction of future conditions, and it is not a guarantee or warranty of any kind. Everything noted on the Report is only at the “Time of the Inspection”. If you suspect any problems or concerns in the following areas, you might need to schedule an evaluation by a certified specialist in the field. The following are typically extra services not part of a general home inspection, unless mentioned or requested by the client.
• PEST CONTROL
• RADON GAS
• LEAD PAINT
• SWIMMING POOLS
• SAMPLE ANALYSIS
For a complete List of what’s Included or Not, please visit the Standards of Practice at: https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm
What does a Home Inspection Cost?
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a typical home inspection costs $350 to $600. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the agony these inspections can save you down the road. But the exact price will depend on the size of your home, where you live, and what you want inspected. Such as (4pt Inspection, Wind Mitigation Inspection, Termites, Radon, Mold, etc.) Generally, its less expensive if you order a few different Inspection at the same time. Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest investment you will ever make. To reduce unpleasant surprises and unexpected repairs, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for regular maintenance to keep it in good condition. After the inspection, you will be informed on the conditions of the house, which in turn will allow you to make a confidence decision with the purchase. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, 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.
Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it. But keep this I mind, try to minimize the interruptions so they can perform a thorough Inspection. Furthermore, your Inspection Report will usually be emailed to you 24 hrs. after, most of the time same day. Be careful with On-Site Inspection reports, as they might not have time to gather and research the necessary information or inspect pictures taken concerning your Home.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs. It’s also a great negotiating tool to have.
Why Hire an InterNACHI Certified Inspector?
InterNACHI® inspectors are trained and certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the world’s largest association of residential and commercial property inspectors. InterNACHI® provides its members with accredited training and education, free benefits, expert advice, and peer support—all to help them serve their homeowner-clients with the highest-quality inspections for their largest investments. For more Information on InterNACHI Certified Inspector visit: https://nachi.org/why-hire-a-cpi.htm