When Do I Call The Home Inspector?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a 3 to 5 days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. They should know if they are a certified home inspector. Consumes should also inquire the inspector about:
- How many inspections they have completed.
- How long an inspection takes.
- What separates them from other home inspectors?
What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structural and mechanical components. A furnished home presents certain problems for an inspection because all areas typically are not visible, such as the floors due to furnishings or floor coverings (vinyl, tile, area rugs, etc.); interior of drawers, closets, and cabinets due to storage; walls due to furnishings and wall hangings; etc. Furnishings, storage, and use of electric outlets typically prevent the testing of every electric outlet. Furnishings, storage, and window coverings typically prevent access, inspection, and/or testing of every window from the interior.
Water, electric and gas must be on for the inspection. That includes foreclosures and short sales. Utilities are frequently off in vacant properties, so be sure to verify with the seller that they’ll be turned on for your inspection. If utilities are off when you and the inspector arrive, the inspection will need to be re-scheduled.
What Does It Include?
The standard home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
How Long Will The Inspection Take?
Generally, A single-family home inspection will last about 1 ½ to 3 hours. Homebuyers should also consider:
- When they would like the home inspection.
- If they can’t be at the inspection for the whole time, be sure to make it at the end of the inspection for a walk through with the inspector.
Cost? Is It Worth It? YES
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services, such as septic, well or radon testing. It is a good idea to check local prices on your own. However, do not let cost be the primary factor in in the selection of you home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is NOT necessarily a bargain. The inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.