You may have a few questions about the Home Inspection. Here are some questions and answers to help you. If you have more questions, please give us a call and we will be sure to answer them all.
What Is a Home Inspection? A home inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a home or building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condo, mobile home or commercial property you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional, licensed home inspector. Why Do I Need a Home Inspection? If your Realtor recommended a home inspection, it is because your Realtor wants you to be a totally informed purchaser. A real estate agent can only disclose what has been made known to them. The real estate agent is looking out for your best interest by suggesting that a qualified home inspector evaluate the property you are about to purchase.
Purchasing a home or a commercial property is one of the largest investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect, both inside and out, in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. For example, stains on the ceiling could be the result of a single incident or indicate a constant roof leak. A fresh coat of paint might be hiding serious structural concerns. The home inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents a professional opinion about the condition of the property so that you can avoid unpleasant surprises. Of course, a home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of the building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the home inspection you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase and be able to make your decision with confidence.
As a seller, if you have owned your building for any length of time an inspection can identify potential concerns in the sale of your building and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future expensive repairs.
What is the Cost of a Home Inspection? This is sometimes the first question asked but tells the least about a home inspector. Fees are generally based according to size, age and various other components about the home. Inspection fees from a certified, licensed, professional home inspector generally start around $315. A quality home inspection backed by a company who has been in business a long time with a reputation for standing behind their work sometimes requires higher investment, but it is worth it. You will avoid headaches later on down the road. There are several factors that determine the fee of a home inspection such as the square feet, foundation type, etc. Call us for a home inspection quote or schedule online. Can I Be Present for the Home Inspection? We encourage you to be present for the Home Inspection. The home inspector would like to show you any issues as he inspects and will provide maintenance tips, as well as show you any unique features about the home. You are welcome to be present for the entire home inspection or you can come towards the end for a summary. We understand that not everyone’s schedule allows them to be present. In those cases we will set aside time to discuss the report(s)after the client has had an opportunity to read over them.
What Do I Need To Do For the Home Inspection? Make sure all of the utilities are on, such as the electricity, water and gas. Bring your tape measure in case you want to take some measurements while you are there. We will notify the buyer, both buyer and listing real estate agents of the scheduled home inspection. You can sign our home inspection service agreement online or at the inspection. Payment is needed before the report(s) can be distributed.
How and When Do I Pay for the Home Inspection? You can pay through a secure email link with your credit card. You can pay in person at the inspection with cash, check or credit card. You can leave a check with your real estate agent and we can pick it up.
How Long Does A Home Inspection Take? There are several factors to consider when estimating time such as size of the home, home foundation (concrete slab or pier & beam), is the garage attached or detached, is the home a 1 story or 2 story and the age of the home. Example: A 2000 square foot home on a concrete slab foundation generally takes 2/12-3 hours or longer depending on the age of the home. If there any additional services being provided at that time such as a Swimming Pool Inspection or a Termite Inspection it will take longer as well.
When Will the Home Inspection Report Be Ready and Who Gets a Copy of the Report? SunView can print the report on-site at the time of the inspection when requested. If not required, the report will be e-mailed the same day as the home inspection. Reports will be given to the person, which is usually the buyer or seller, who is paying for the home inspection and their real estate agent. For example, when a buyer has ordered and paid for the home inspection we do not distribute the report to the seller or the seller’s agent. And vice versa.
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