Frequently Asked Home Inspection Questions:
Here we have listed some of the home inspection questions that we get asked the most. We hope you find them helpful.
WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
- A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from foundation to roof. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?
- The standard home inspector’s report reviews the condition of: the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the electrical system, the plumbing, the roof, fireplace and chimneys, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, appliances, foundation, basement, exterior, drainage and structure. The utilities must be turned on in order to observe how these systems function.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE A HOME INSPECTION?
- The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home. The inspection gives you a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
WHO SHOULD HAVE A HOME INSPECTION?
- If you are already a home owner, a home inspection may be used to help you maintain your home. You could learn preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs. If you are selling your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This provides you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector. Also, it provides an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
HOW LONG DOES AN INSPECTION TAKE?
- Home inspections take between two and three hours for the standard size home. However, for larger homes, older homes or homes with additions, the inspection may take longer.
HOW MUCH DOES A HOME INSPECTION COST?
- The cost of a home inspection varies with the size, age, number of HVAC systems, etc. and reflects the amount of time it takes to complete. This information will be asked of you during scheduling.
SHOULD I BE PRESENT FOR THE INSPECTION?
- It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. You can observe the inspector and ask questions regarding the condition of the home. You will also find the report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand with the inspector.
CAN I PERFORM AN INSPECTION MYSELF?
- Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge, training and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He understands how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together and why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, which may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by a professional home inspector.
WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
- No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house. It only means that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found. If you don’t wish to become involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to you.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MY HOUSE TO FAIL AN INSPECTION?
- No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
We hope to have answered your home inspection questions!
Paragon offers expert home inspection services to Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, Waller, Magnolia, Tomball, Houston, Cypress, Kingwood, Atascosita, Humble and include: Harris, Montgomery, Liberty, Waller and Grimes Counties.