Home Inspections-A Summary

When purchasing a new house, it is always worth getting it inspected by a home inspector, who would thoroughly examine the property and give you his unbiased opinion about its technical status. Generally, home inspection takes about 2-4 hours, depending on the property. A home inspection can result into substantial savings by avoiding expensive repairs in future. Unless the home is inspected by a professional home inspector, you wouldn’t know the real structural status of home. The inspector carries only a visual inspection of the property and its structure.The inspection of a normal home takes just about anywhere between 2 and 4 hours. The inspector offers an agreement before inspection, which is signed before accepting payment.

Then the inspector gives his client a general idea of the inspection and visits the site along with the client.It is mandatory for the inspector to notify the client about the state of the inspected home. While pointing out any defects, he can offer likely reasons for them and he may suggest how to get them repaired. The inspector is not expected to recommend any contractor or provide an assessment of the likely expenses for repairs/modifications, unless he happens to be a contractor himself. He should not recommend if his client should invest in that property or not, or comment on the market price of the inspected property. In no way should he benefit by the repairs that the house may need.

The inspection is carried visually and only for the state of house as it exists at the time of its inspection. The inspection should not be interpreted as any kind of warranty. As already pointed out, the inspector would spend just 2-3 hours for a visual inspection of the premises, obviously not enough time for him to check all the elements and components that make a complete house. He must utilize his expertise to check the most significant factors in that limited time. The report of the same property, inspected by two different inspectors, is bound to be different.

All About Home Inspections

A home inspection, as defined, is an examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, which provides a detailed ‘snapshot’ of the condition of the home at the time of the inspection. The purpose of a home inspection is to help reduce some of the risk involved in purchasing a home; however, it cannot eliminate those risks, nor can the inspector anticipate future events or changes in performance due to changes in use or occupancy. The inspection will cover any potential health and safety issues in addition to areas in need of repair or replacement. Keep in mind that the inspector is not required to move any furnishings or stored items. Therefore, it is always a good idea to ensure the access to all the major components of the home is clear prior to the inspection commencing.

In the report, the inspector will note which items were Inspected, Not Inspected (NI), Not Present (NP), and/or Deficient (D). General deficiencies include inoperability, material distress, water penetration, damage, deterioration, missing parts and unsuitable installation. Items identified on the report do not obligate either the Seller or the Buyer to make any repairs or take any other action. The decision to correct a hazard or any deficiency identified in an inspection report is left to the parties to the contract for the sale or purchase of the home.

Please keep in mind that there may be several items on the report that are related to building codes or safety issues – and very few homes will comply with these. These same conditions may not have violated building codes or common practices at the time of the construction of the home, or they may have been ‘grandfathered’ because they were present prior to the adoption of codes prohibiting such conditions. The inspection is still required by law to report these items as deficient if found not to comply.