If you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll likely have to go through a home inspection. This is a process where a professional comes to your house and checks it for any potential problems. But what happens during a home inspection? What does a home inspector look for? In this blog post, we’ll answer all of your questions about the home inspection process!
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an examination of the outside and inside of a house to check its physical condition. The purpose of a home inspection is to uncover any issues with the house so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to buy it.
However, don’t expect inspectors to tell you if you’re getting a good deal on the home or offer an opinion on the sale price. They are simply there to report on the condition of the property.
What Happens During a Home Inspection?
During a home inspection, the inspector will take a close look at all aspects of the house to identify any potential problems.
Home inspections are thorough. They will examine the roof, ceilings, walls, floors, windows, and doors. They will also test the appliances, look at the heating and air-conditioning, check the plumbing and electrical systems, and thoroughly inspect the attic and crawl space.
Other things that the inspector will do include checking for evidence of pests, looking for signs of water damage, and inspect the roof of the home.
What to Expect During a Home Inspection
The inspector will visually inspect the major systems of the home and take photos as they go. If you’re present at the inspection, the inspector will likely point out any problems and explain what they mean for you toward the end of the inspection
At the end of the inspection, the inspector will compile all their notes and photos and create a home inspection report. The report will list any major problems with the home, as well as any smaller issues that should be addressed.
The home inspection report is important, but it’s just one part of the decision-making process when buying a home. You’ll also need to consider your own observations, the home’s listing history, and the advice of your real estate agent.
What Does The Home Inspection Report Include?
Your home inspection report will include:
- A summary of the home’s condition
- A list of any major problems with the home
- A list of any smaller issues that should be addressed
- Photos of any problems that were found
- Recommendations for repairs and replacements
Other information regarding the home’s condition may be included in the report, as well. This may include estimates for the remaining useful life of major systems and equipment, as well as that of the roof, structure, paint, and finishes.
What to Know Before Getting a Home Inspection
An inspection is not a test that you have to pass. You don’t have to do anything after the inspection, but it might show problems that will need to be fixed. The home inspection report will give you a better understanding of the home you’re buying.
Key things to keep in mind:
- An inspection report is not a list of items to be fixed by the seller. Rather, it’s a disclosure of the home’s current condition for the buyer to ensure they fully understand the home they are purchasing.
- An inspector will take a look at the home’s structure, including the roof, plumbing, windows, doors, foundation, and basement or crawlspace.
- The inspector will also test the home’s systems, including the electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling systems.
- The inspection report will likely between 40-80 pages.
- You should be present for the inspection so that you can ask questions and get clarification on anything in the report.
Starting Your Home Inspection Process
Your home inspection report is just one part of the decision-making process when buying a home. You’ll also want to factor in your budget, the home’s location, and any other unique circumstances. But the report can give you a good starting point for negotiating with the seller.
If there are major problems with the home, you may decide to walk away from the deal. Or, if you’re still interested in buying the home, you can use the inspection report to negotiate a lower purchase price or have the seller make repairs before you buy.
If you have any questions about the home inspection process, or if you’re ready to schedule an inspection, please contact us. We’re here to help you every step of the way!
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