Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you'll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
The standard home inspector's report will cover 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 structural components.
We generally view the roof from the roof edge and or the ground with binoculars. We also document the roofs condition with pictures. By walking on your roof, you are running the risk of causing more damage to the shingles and other roofing materials. Your footsteps are heavy enough to cause your shingles to crack or peel away from the surface of your roof, itself. The Standards of Practice of the home inspector association that we belong to, InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors), does not require that the inspector walk on the roof. "The inspector shall inspect from ground level or the eaves" is the way it is stated. Also, the standards note that "the inspector is not required to walk on any roof surface." The other association, ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors, has essentially adopted the same standard.
A home inspection typically takes between 2 to 3 hours. We suggest that you leave small children with a sitter if possible as you will want to follow the inspector closely as he inspects your new home and explains his findings.
You do not have to attend, but you should be present for the following reasons:
1.Simply reading the inspection report isn't enough to give most homeowners the full picture.
2.A home inspection is a fact-finding mission in which the inspector is your hired advocate. You and the inspector should jointly engage in the discovery process. Both of you are there for the same reason - to learn as much as possible about the condition of the property.
Builders should welcome the opportunity to have their homes inspected by private home inspectors; it's a chance for construction errors to be addressed before they become major problems. It doesn't matter how thorough the municipal inspector is; mistakes are still missed.
24-48 hrs (Schedule Dependent). The Buyers Agent should get the home inspection report within 24-48 hrs of it being completed. Once all the inspections are in (pest, radon, water, etc.), the Buyers Agent works with the buyer to determine what repairs to request. The Buyer's Agent will then present the repair request to your agent to review with you.