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What Is Included In A Basic Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the home’s major structure, systems, and components that are visible and safely accessible.  We will substantially adhere to standards of practice that outline what should be covered during a general home inspection, as well as what is excluded.  We will provide you with a written report, which may include photos and/or recommendations, of our findings of the inspection.  Read our Standards of Practice to find out what is typically included and excluded in a home inspection.

Why should I get a home inspection?

Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it’s important to get a home inspection because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer.  Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan. Read our Top 10 Reasons to Get a Home Inspection.

How can I be sure that a home inspector is qualified?

Contact your state by phone or online to find out whether they license home inspectors, and what qualifications they’re required to have.  License numbers in licensing states may vary in appearance, but you should be able to independently verify it. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors – InterNACHI® – is the largest and most trusted home inspector association in the world.  Its members undergo rigorous training to become Certified Professional Inspectors (CPIs)®.  They also follow a Standards of Practice and adhere to a Code of Ethics.  Find out if your inspector is licensed and/or a CPI before you hire him or her. This will ensure that you are hiring only an individual who has received the best training to become a home inspector. 

How long does a home inspection take?

Depending on the home’s age, size, and location, your home inspection may take up to three hours. Adding square footage, outbuildings, and/or add-on services will increase that time. It may be necessary for your inspector to bring in a helper for a very large property. If your general home inspection takes significantly less than two to three hours, it may indicate that the inspector was not thorough enough.

Should I be present for the inspection?

You should attend the inspection, and you should reconsider hiring an inspector who doesn’t allow this. You can learn a lot by following an inspector through the home. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home’s condition, which will give you insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home’s maintenance, systems and components that may provide useful for the transaction.

What happens if the inspection reveals problems?

If your home inspection reveals any problems, it is important to understand the severity of the defect. For example, a missing shingle or dirty air filter can be easily fixed at a low cost. However, if the defect is more extreme, such as a major foundation crack, wood-destroying organism infestation, or evidence of mold, you should find out how these problems can be addressed, and whether you can negotiate their cost with the seller.

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