Common Questions About the Home Inspection Process

What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home. The purpose is to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found, the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation. Before you close, you need to consider whether or not repairs are needed now and who’s going to pay for them.  This inspection report puts you in a stronger position to negotiate the repairs, and/or the cost of the property.

Can a house fail an inspection?
No. A professional home inspector does not issue a pass or fail grade on a home. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of the prospective home. The home inspector will describe the physical condition of the home and indicate what may need repaired or replaced.

How long does an home inspection take?
Most home inspections take about two to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age and condition of the home.

Do I need to be present while the house is being inspected?
We recommend that you be present at the site of the inspection, from start to finish. It’s often helpful to be present so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have.

How much does it cost to get a home inspected?
The price of the inspection varies based on the size of the home. Larger homes take longer to inspect, hence the fees for these homes are greater than those for a smaller home. However, don’t let the price of the inspection determine whether or not you get a home inspection or 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. The inspector’s qualifications, including his experience, training, and professional affiliations should be the most important consideration.