Buying a home could be one of the largest single investments you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing home before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the home, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the home in a better selling condition.
What Will it Cost?
The inspection fee for a home varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. The inspection fee varies depending on a number of factors such as the size of the home, its age and basement/crawlspace/attic. Additional cost will be added for guest houses, shops, studio or other structures to be evaluated on the property.
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Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training and standards of practice.
Can a House Fail a Home Inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
When Do I Call a Home Inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Why can’t I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. We also have a variety of tools that are not commonly used by home owners or contractors. We also continue to educate ourselves and attend annual trainings to offer our clients a very comprehensive inspection of the home they are going to purchase.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the home they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information and professional documentation, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Do I have to be there?
Being present for the home inspection is not required. However, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe conditions, that the inspector will note, that require corrective action. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
What if the report reveals problems?
No home is perfect and all homes require regular maintenance. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t purchase the home, only that you will know in advance what to expect if you decide to purchase the home. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs or reduce the price of the home!
If the home proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.
What is ASHI?
Since 1976, ASHI has worked to build consumer awareness of home inspection and to enhance the professionalism of its membership. The ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics serves as a performance guideline for home inspectors, and is universally recognized and accepted by many professional and governmental bodies.
ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join as ASHI Associates, to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. ASHI Associates work their way to ASHI Certified Inspector status as they meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections conducted in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills.