A few common questions asked about home inspections

When do I request a home inspection? The best time to consult the inspector is right after your offer has been accepted on your new property. The real estate contract usually allows a contingency period to inspect the property. Check with your real estate agent. This inspection clause in the contract makes your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of the professional inspection. To insure you receive the best possible inspection, ask your real estate agent to check and see if the water, natural gas and electricity are turned on.
Can a property "Fail" an inspection? No, a professional home inspection is an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a property, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of repair or replacement at some point and time.
Should I attend the inspection? Yes, if you can possibly be there, itís a good idea, but it is not mandatory. By following the inspector through the inspection, observing and asking questions, you will learn about the property and get some tips on general maintenance that may be helpful after you move in.
What does a home inspection include? A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the building from top to bottom. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the structure, site drainage, heating and air conditioning systems, visible plumbing and electrical systems, walls, ceilings, doors, and windows. Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the report.
When do I pay for the inspection? Most home inspectors require payment at the completion of the inspection. You'll need to ask your individual home inspector when and how they need to be paid.
How long does it take to complete the inspection? A normal home inspection usually takes two and a half to three and a half hours to complete depending on the condition and size of the property.
How much is a home inspection? All home inspectors have different fees based on experience and qualifications. Call around and ask the inspector questions. Choosing the lowest priced inspection company might seem like the best deal. But an inspection that is completed in less than an hour probably isnít very thorough.