07 Apr 7 Must Know Home Inspection Questions(Last Updated On: April 7, 2017)
Spring weather is in the air! As we have lingered in winter for too long, we are happy to see the weather warm up. And another thing that warms in the spring is the real estate market.
Yes, as the calendar turns to spring, then more homes hit the market.
For any potential homeowners or current homeowners looking to upgrade, then the home inspection is a vital step in the home buying process and is completed by the overwhelming majority of home buyers.
To help, here are some common questions about the home inspection process. After all, your home is not only a huge investment, it also provides comfort for your family.
1. What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a home evaluation. Potential homebuyers hire home inspectors to identify potential problems, along with learning about how the home works.
Alden Gibson, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors explains the benefits behind a home inspection:
“We want to teach [homeowners] how to maintain the property, because it’s the biggest investment they’ll ever make.”
Ultimately, purchasing a home is most likely the most expensive purchase any of us will make. Home inspections are useful because they provide an independent audit and evaluation. If the inspector finds any issues, then you have the opportunity to resolve the issues prior to purchasing and moving into the home.
2. As a potential homeowner, is the home inspection required?
While a home inspection may or may not be required by a mortgage provider (this may vary by state as well), the home inspection provides an peace of mind and security, among other important factors.
The inspector will provide a detailed report that outlines the condition of your home and can aid in proper maintenance plans in the future. Additionally, the home inspection:
- uncovers any potential safety issues.
- highlights any future expenses (such as the condition/age of the roof).
- identifies any structural issues (such as cracks in the ceilings, walls, foundation, door frames).
At the end of the process, the home inspection provides warning signals if there are any issues with the major systems in the home (such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC). If issues exist, then you can negotiate with the seller or move on to a better home.
3. As the buyer, should I attend the home inspection?
Yes, as the homebuyer, you should attend the inspection. After all, you are hiring the inspector!
Not only should you attend the inspection, but you should feel comfortable “shadowing” the inspector. Although not every inspector will like someone looking over their shoulder, it is your right to understand your home.
To help, discuss your expectations with the inspector to ensure each party is comfortable.
At the end of the inspection, then you definitely should review the end-of-inspection report in person, while both of you are still at the property.
The report is typically 30-50 pages long, so if you are new to the process, this can be very confusing to review by yourself.
4. Will anything go wrong at the home inspection?
Many issues can be discovered during a home inspection, so that is why it is important to attend and understand how your home operates!
5. How can I avoid mistakes with my home inspection?
With the knowledge that some homes have issues, how should prospective home buyers conduct a home inspection?
Simple, follow the advice of the experts. Here are some common mistakes to avoid.
- Not Properly Researching the Inspector
- Not Attending the Inspection
- Not Reading through the Inspection Report
Additionally, for any homeowners looking to sell their home, the home inspection helps outline any issues that the buyer may uncover. If you complete a home inspection, then remember to prep the home, which will allow the inspector to focus on the inspection and not moving clutter around to evaluate the attic or basement.
6. Does the home inspection cover the entire house?
An inspection provides valuable information about the home to the buyer and allows the buyer to cancel the deal if a major problem is discovered, but it does not audit the entire home. The inspector reviews that major home components, but not the efficiency of the home.
To aid in understand what to expect, then here is an overview of how an individual vs professional home inspection covers.
Regardless of your home knowledge, walking through a potential home is an important step because this will eliminate houses that have significant problems. In particular, look at the condition of the following:
- Leaky faucets
- Running toilets
- Exposed Wiring
- Signs of Water Damage
- Condition of the Heating/Cooling System
As noted, it is important to hire an experienced and professional inspector. Although a real estate agent may provide references, it is ok to ask a few questions, such as:
- how long he has been performing inspections.
- if you will receive a detailed written report.
- what type of certifications the inspector received.
- what locations will be covered in the home inspection.
In addition, the inspector should check the heating and cooling systems for leaks and signs of damage, test outlets and electrical systems, and evaluate the firmness and level of the floors in the home.
7. What doesn’t a home inspection cover?
There are certain tests that are not covered through a professional home inspection, which includes checking the home for things such as:
- lead paint.
- radon gas.
- pest infestations.
- house mold.
The inspector will recommend these types of specialized tests if he believes one of these issues exists in the home or is a known problem in the neighborhood.
Increasingly, home energy audits are worthwhile prior to purchasing a home.
Standard home inspections provide information on the structure of the home, but not necessarily on the efficiency.
At SolvIt, we work to make homes more comfortable, which typically means increasing efficiency. As a result, no more drafty windows or doors and you can enjoy the entire house.
Plus, you will save you money in the long run!
At SolvIt, we specialize in providing quality services for every aspect of your home. From plumbing and HVAC to electrical and energy audits, we have the experience to ensure your investment in that new home is worth every penny!
If you have any home needs, then contact us today!