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It is an evaluation of the visible and
accessible systems and components of a home
(plumbing system, roof, etc.) and is intended to
give the client (usually a homebuyer) a better
understanding of their condition. It is also
important to know what a home inspection is
not! It is not an appraisal of the property's
value; nor should you expect it to address the
cost of repairs. It does not guarantee that the
home complies with local building codes
(which are subject to periodic change) or
protect you in the event an item inspected fails
in the future. [Note: Warranties can be
purchased to cover many items.] Nor should it
be considered a “technically exhaustive”
evaluation, but rather an evaluation of the
property on the day it is inspected, taking into
consideration normal wear and tear.
Most homebuyers lack the knowledge, skill
and emotional detachment needed to inspect
homes themselves. By using the services of a
licensed Home Inspector, they can gain a better
understanding of the condition of the property,
especially whether any items do not “function
as intended” or “adversely affect the
habitability of the dwelling” or “warrant further
investigation” by a person who specializes in
the item in question.
You can arrange for the home inspection or
ask your real estate agent to assist you. Unless
you otherwise agree, you will be responsible
for payment of the home inspection and any
subsequent inspections. If the inspection is to
be performed after you have signed the
purchase contract, be sure to schedule the
inspection as soon as possible to allow
adequate time for any repairs to be performed.
.Whenever possible, you should be present.
The inspector can review with you the results
of the inspection and point out any problems
found. Usually the inspection of the home can
be completed in two to three hours (the time
can vary depending upon the size and age of
the dwelling). The Home Inspector must give
you a written report of the home inspection
within three business days after the inspection
is performed (unless otherwise stated in your
contract with the Home Inspector). The home
inspection report is your property. The Home
Inspector may only give it to you and may not
share it with other persons without your
Before any repairs are made (except
emergency repairs), call the inspector or
inspection company to discuss the problem.
Many times a “trip charge” can be saved by
explaining the problem to the inspector who
can answer the question over the telephone.
This also gives the inspector a chance to
promptly handle any problems that may have
been overlooked in the inspection.
No. While the Home Inspector Licensure
Board has established a minimum requirement
for report-writing, reports can vary greatly.
They can range from a “checklist” of the
systems and components to a full narrative
evaluation or any combination of the two.
Home Inspectors are required to give you a
written “Summary” of their inspection
identifying any system or component that does
not function as intended, or adversely affects
the habitability of the dwelling,
Yes. Some repairs may not be as
straightforward as they might seem. The
inspector may be able to help you evaluate the
repair, but you should be aware that the re-
inspection is not a warranty of the repairs that
have been made. Some Home Inspectors
charge a fee for re-inspections.