HOME INSPECTION FAQS

Why do I need a home inspection?

A house is your most important asset or investment, you should do everything to keep it in a good condition. And, a home inspection helps you do just that. When an inspector visits the property, you get an insight into the condition of your house, and get some useful information about defects, damages and issues that needs to be fixed in order to ensure its health.

A buyer can use the inspection report to negotiate the price of the home with the seller. It also helps the buyer to get all issues rectified before moving in.

The report helps the seller to know the condition of the property before listing it for sale. This gives him confidence, and helps him quote a price accordingly.

The report can also help homeowners in getting annual maintenance done.

How much does a home inspection cost?

The cost of a home inspection depends on various factors. The age, location and the square footage of the property determines the total cost. It also depends on the number of services ordered by you. A complete inspection would cost more than just an electrical system or roof inspection.

Could a house fail a home inspection?

No, a house cannot fail an inspection. The report doesn’t pass or fail the property. The inspection report talks about the condition of the property. It only highlights the defects and parts that need to be repaired or replaced. These repairs can then be carried out and deficiencies can be rectified.

Why can’t I do it myself?

There are many reasons why you should/cannot do the inspection yourself.

  • Home inspectors have professional training, knowledge and experience in carrying out inspections. They are well adept with the functioning of plumbing and electrical systems.
  • They have the tools and equipment to detect the presence of harmful substances like mold, radon, moisture or damages like leaks and cracks.
  • They provide you with a third party perspective and give you an unbiased report.

What if the report reveals a problem?

The report highlights defects and damages that need to be fixed to avoid bigger problems. The report doesn’t at all suggest that the buyer or seller should not go ahead with the purchase or sale. It only suggests that the repairs need to be done, or it can be used by the buyer to ask the seller to bring down the price of the home.

When do I call a home inspector?

A home inspector is usually called in three cases. First, before the seller is listing his house for sale. Second, after the buyer has signed the purchase agreement. Third, when homeowners want to go for home remodelling or annual maintenance & repairs.

Do I have to be present during the inspection?

It advised that you are present at the time of the inspection. This will help you get a better understanding of your property’s condition and will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the repairs suggested by the inspector. In a case when you can’t be present during the inspection, the inspector will still carry out the inspection to the ebay of his ability and standards.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

The main purpose of a home inspection is to give you a sense of confidence and security in your property. Even if after the inspection, no major issues or defects are highlighted in the report, you would have got the peace of mind that the property is safe. You can then go ahead with the purchase or sale with confidence. The report can also be used as a reference point for future repairs.

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