The Home Inspection Process
There are many obvious benefits to having an inspection done on a home you are interested in buying. A home inspector evaluates the structure of the house, gives feedback on other systems such as the roof, electrical system, heating and central AC, insulation, doors, windows and plumbing. Yes, home inspections are an added expense and are usually optional, but can really help you make sure that your largest purchase is in good working order.
If there are problems, your offer to purchase should have included a contingency stating that you can back out of the purchase if the inspection uncovers more problems than you are willing to take on. However, if the repairs are small, you can ask the seller to make them prior to taking possession of the home. The sellers may not be obligated to make every repair, so make sure you read the contract carefully. However, an experienced inspector may be able to offer quick-fix tricks for some small cosmetic issues.
No matter how much you like a house – new or old; it’s always a good idea to have an inspection. If there is a safety issue with the house unless it can be corrected you may consider not purchasing the house.
When the Home Inspector Arrives
When we arrive at the inspection there will be an introduction of who we are. We then inform our client(s) where will we begin. We normally inspect in pairs. One will start on the interior and the other on the exterior. We welcome our client(s) to observe our inspection process. While many inspectors will discourage any client participation we believe that our clients have more complete understanding of the property they are considering. The objective of the inspection is to identify and assess the major components of the home.
Conducting the Exterior Walk Through
When inspecting the exterior the inspector will walk around the house in a circle at a comfortable distance to observe the exterior. Then he will move closer to the house in the opposite direction taking a closer look. He will begin at the front of the home and look at the home from the top of the roof line to the ground, taking note of all the structures on the exterior and assessing their conditions. He will examine wall coverings, chimneys, gutters, porches, decks, windows, doors, the foundation and the slope of grade of the lot. He will move around the side of the home and repeat the procedure starting from the ground up to the roofline.
Conducting the Interior Walk Through
When inspecting the interior of each room he will inspect the floor, then move to the walls and ceiling and finish with any fixtures in each room (not necessarily in this order). He will move from room to room, and open all doors and windows. This procedure will help him make sure he inspects all heating sources, electrical sources, the plumbing system and all other components in the home.
Completing the Inspection Report
The home inspector will compile a report based on the photo’s and his notes and make any recommendations he feels is required regarding the home, including any recommendations to bring in qualified experts for any potential major issues such as severe fungus or the signs of any wood boring organisms. He will present the report by generating an online report for you to view usually within 24 hours, which you can then use to make a final decision regarding your purchase.