1. Why do I need a home inspection?
Answer: If you are buying a home, it is imperative that you learn as much as you possibly can about the house you are considering before making such a huge investment. A certified home inspector can identify needs for major repairs or maintenance needed to keep the house in good condition. A home inspection can also reveal any oversights that may have been made in the building process. With a home inspection, you will know everything that you need to in order to make a decision of whether to buy or not with confidence.
Already existing homeowners can also benefit from a home inspection by having problems in the house identified by an inspector who can also recommend preventative measures to be taken in order to avoid future costly repairs.
A home inspection can also be a great benefit for those who are planning to sell their house. An inspector can help you identify any issues that the house may have so you can take the opportunity to make repairs and put the house in the best selling condition.
2. Can I do my own home inspection?
Answer: Without the proper training and certification, even the most experienced homeowner lacks the expertise to properly inspect a home. A certified home inspector is familiar with all the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance, and safety, along with how everything is intended to function together and how things go wrong.
It can be difficult for home buyers, owners, and sellers to remain unemotional and completely objective about the house which can affect their judgment. It is best to get the professional, unbiased opinion by a professionally certified home inspector as a third-party that can remain objective about the condition of a home.
3. Can a house fail a home inspection?
Answer: There is no passing or failing when it comes to a home inspection. It is not an appraisal which determines the market value of a home, nor is it a municipal inspection which inspects for local code compliance. All a home inspector does is describe the condition of the house and makes suggestions as to what needs to be repaired, replaced, or improved.
4. Do I need to be present for the inspection?
Answer: You are not required to be there for the home inspection but it is highly recommended that you are so that you can observe the process and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the house and how it should be maintained.
5. What if the inspection report reveals problems?
Answer: It’s unrealistic to expect a house to be perfect. If an inspectors report reveals issues with the house, it doesn’t mean that a buyer should pass over it but now knows what to expect if the home is purchased. This is pertinent information for those on a tight budget or who don’t want to be involved in repair work. In some cases, a seller may agree to make repairs to the house before selling.
Even if the house proves to be in good condition, it doesn’t mean that an inspection wasn’t needed. Inspection allows buyers to purchase a home with confidence, owners to be sure their home is in good condition, and sellers to make sure they are putting a good house on the market.