Table of Contents
- What is an ASHI Certified Home Inspection?
- Why do I need a home inspection?
- What does a home inspection include?
- What will it cost?
- Do I need to be there during the inspection?
- How long will the Inspection take?
- Why can't I do the inspection myself?
- When do I call in the home inspector?
- What if the report reveals problems?
- If the report is good, did I really need an inspection?
A home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home done by a ASHI Certified Inspector. Our emphasis is on indentifying existing or potential adverse conditions that would affect a purchasers buying decision. We also provide recommendations for a course of action to remedy those conditions. ASHI members have the knowledge, experience, training along with nationally recognized standards and a strong code of ethics.
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect - both indoors and out - in terms of repair and maintenance and their costs. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Water marks in the basement may indicate a chronic seepage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident. The home inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents his professional opinion as to the condition of the property before you buy, so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterwards.
Of course, a home inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the type of maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of what it is you are about to purchase, and you will be able to make your decision confidently.
A complete home inspection includes a thorough examination of the house from top to bottom. The inspector examines the heating system, the central air conditioning system*, the in plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, the foundation, basement and visible structure.
*When temperature permits.
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house averages between $325 and $395. For larger homes, antiques, or homes with special structures, the fee may be higher. Fees for other offered services, radon testing, IR Thermography, blower door testing, energy audits and moisture investigation vary, call for quotes. You may find our fees higher than many inspectors. Our 28 years experience in the inspection business gives us the knowledge of what to look for. We find conditions that others may overlook or minimize. We put our findings in perspective. We do not sensationalize our findings. Inspection fees are a very small part of your home purchase expense and pay for a service dedicated exclusively for your benefit. Skimping on an inspection can lead to big disappointments.
No, you are not required to be there for the inspection, but I recommend that you attend. It can be a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. You can ask questions and see how the systems of the home operate. I feel you will be able to best understand the finished report if you review the findings with the inspector while at the house.
The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the house. For most homes 2-3 hours is typical. Larger homes, or homes in poor condition may take longer. We will always take the time necessary to do a thorough inspection.
Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don't have the knowledge, experience and training of an ASHI Certified Inspector. We have inspected thousands of homes. We are familiar with all of the systems of a home, how they work and need to be maintained. We also know what to look for to tell us they are getting ready to fail. It is important to remember that the inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it is impossible to remain unemotional about the house which may cloud your judgement. We will provide an objective third party report of the buildings condition.
The best time to call in the home inspector is after you've made an offer on the house, and before you sign the contract. Or you can have your lawyer include an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection.
If the inspector finds fault in a home it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to renegotiate the purchase price because of significant problems discovered in an inspection. If your budget is very tight, or if you don't wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the house for you. The choice is yours.
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with peace of mind about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You may also have learned a few things about your new home from the inspector's report, and you will want to keep that information for future reference. Above all, you can feel assured that you are making a well-informed purchase decision and that you will be able to enjoy your new home the way you want to.