There are a lot of questions an individual might have regarding home
inspections—for example, “what inspections are required when selling a house” or
“should I get mold testing”? However, one of the most common concerns is when to
get a home inspection. Generally speaking, you should get a home inspection
under the following circumstances: When buying a new property. When you worry
mold or mildew is in the house. If you hear scratching noises or see other signs
of pests. When selling a home. When you simply want some peace of mind.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to get mold testing when you get a home
inspection. Mold is difficult to get rid of and cause serious health problems.
By testing for it ahead of time, you can know whether or not you’ll face
potential issues when buying the property.
While no inspections are strictly required, it’s still a good idea to get them.
Things you should consider inspecting include the air quality, plumbing, and
electrical systems, as well as the general foundation and structure of the
house. Generally speaking, the more thorough the inspection, the better.
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A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure
and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. The standard home
inspector’s report will include an evaluation of 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.
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever
make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property
and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize
unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards.Of course, an inspection will
also point out positive aspects of a home, as well as some maintenance that will
be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a
much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and will
be able to make a confident buying decision. If you have owned your home for a
long time, an inspection can identify problems in the making and recommend
preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs. In addition, home
sellers may opt for having an inspection prior to placing the home on the market
to gain a better understanding of conditions which the buyer’s inspector may
This provides an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better
The cost of an inspection varies based upon a number of factors, including size,
age, special services requested, etc. However, do not let cost be a factor in
deciding whether or not to have an inspection, or in the selection of your home
inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and
the lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. Rather, you should
consider the inspection as an investment that will pay for itself many times
over. You do not want the life-changing decision of buying a home to be
something to regret.
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge, objectivity and
expertise of a professional home inspector who has inspected thousands of homes
in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with all the elements of home
construction, their proper installation, and maintenance. He or she understands
how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well
as how and why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it very difficult to
remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want,
and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate picture, it is best to
obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of inspection,
and use the report as a negotiation tool.
No. A professional inspection is an examination of the current condition of your
prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a
municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector,
therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical
A home inspector is typically called right after the contract or purchase
agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However,
before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the contract
often called an option period. This will make your purchase obligation
contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection. This clause should
specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
It’s not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is
recommended you be there for most of the inspection. Afterall, it is your
inspection and gives you ample time to be in the home to “move in mentally”. By
observing and asking questions at the inspection, you will learn a great deal
about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it.
You will also find the written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the
property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.
No house is perfect. If the inspector finds problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean
you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect.
A seller may be flexible with the purchase price or contract terms if major
problems are found. If your budget is very tight, or if you don’t wish to become
involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely important to
Absolutely! A pre-listing inspection can identify concerns with the house and
give the seller the opportunity to correct the problems prior to the sale. In
this way, there will be no ‘surprises’ that come up during the buyer’s
inspection. Concerns identified by the buyer’s inspection are often blown out of
proportion due to the additional stress and time constraints involved with the
real estate transaction. The pre-listing inspection allows the seller to address
concerns in a rational and effective manner outside the real estate transaction
environment thus ensuring the successful sale of your home.
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with peace of mind about the
condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You will also have
learned a few things about your new home from the inspector’s report, and will
want to keep that information for future reference. Above all, you can feel
assured that you are making a well-informed purchase decision, and that you will
be able to enjoy your new home the way you want to.
Although builders do offer a warranty on their home, it is up to the buyer to
identify problems to be corrected by the builder. Generally, builders allow the
buyer to complete a walk through inspection to identify cosmetic concerns that
are readily visible to the new homeowner. A professional inspection identifies
functional problems related to the major systems that would not be identified
during the walkthrough inspection. For example, is there sufficient insulation
in the attic, are the electrical plugs wired properly and GFCI protected where
required, roof issues, structural problems, etc. The new home inspection allows
you to correct problems under the builder warranty, save you costly repairs and
to provide you with peace of mind after you move in and when you eventually sell
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