Frequently Asked Questions
This section is dedicated to providing relevant and concise information about home inspections. Our goal is to assist you in making an informed buying decision.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, 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 maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a Pro-Inspexx home inspection can identify problems in the making, and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. 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, and reduce the chances for last minute re-negotiations with the buyer.
Why can’t I perform my own home inspection?
Even the most experienced buyers and homeowners find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want or own, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Many homeowners also lack the knowledge, training and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional inspector, such as Peter Elliott/Paul Duey, is familiar with all of the elements of home construction, proper installation procedures, maintenance requirements, and home safety. He knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Do I have to be present for the inspection?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the home inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
Some home inspectors deliver a report on-site right after the inspection. Why don’t you?
The inspector will be happy to verbally summarize major findings with you at the inspection and answer any questions you have. In order to produce a detailed narrative report with accurate and relevant comments, the inspector must compile his findings at the office where there is access to references, research material, and is free from distractions. There is a full review on a laptop of the pictures taken of the visible defects. You will leave with a good understanding of what faults were detected during the inspection. The written report arrives by e-mail within 48 hours from the date the inspection was performed.
Are there questions the home inspector won’t answer?
Yes, for example: Should I buy this house? There are many factors that come into play when making the home buying decision, and the physical condition of the property is only one of them. Everyone has their own tolerances and abilities in dealing with deficiencies in the condition of the property. The home inspector will not comment on factors outside of his or her field of expertise.
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 or negotiate compensation.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.