(From our friends over at Pillar-to-Post)
A home inspection, also known as a building inspection or a property inspection, is a thorough visual assessment of a home conducted by a certified professional home inspector at a specific point in time. While a home may be inspected for many reasons, most home inspections occur before a home is sold, to reveal any issues that might become problems for the buyer. A home seller may also choose to have a home inspection done prior to listing a property in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises during negotiations. A home inspection will typically include a walk-through tour of the house, in which the condition of the property is closely scrutinized, any defects and deficiencies are noted, and recommendations for repair are made. During the home inspection, the inspector will look for any problems that could have a significant impact from a health and safety perspective or purely from a financial standpoint.
A typical home inspection takes two to three hours, during this time the house is examined from the ground up and from the outside in. A good home inspection should include observation and, when appropriate, operation of the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and appliance systems, as well as observation of structural components: roof, foundation, basement, exterior and interior walls, chimney, doors, and windows. Findings should be provided in the form of a comprehensive inspection report, which includes an objective evaluation of the condition the home, clearly outlining any existing defects and potential problems.
A home inspection is particularly important when purchasing a home. Buying a house is likely one of the largest purchases a person will ever make, but few buyers are experienced in building construction, and overlooking a serious problem could result in a costly problem down the road. As a result, many buyers choose to have a property inspection conducted prior to closing the sale. The inspection can identify any issues, which the buyer can discuss with the seller during negotiations.
Clients are encouraged to accompany the inspector during the inspection. This gives buyers a chance to ask questions and get detailed information about maintaining the home and its systems. For homeowners, this allows them an opportunity to answer any questions the inspector may have. In either case, accompanying an inspector can help a client get the most from a home inspection.
To summarize, a home inspection / building inspection / property inspection is a visual examination of a house and property at a specific point in time. When performed by a certified Pillar To Post home inspector, it includes:
- A thorough visual inspection of the structure (inside and out, from foundation to roof).
- An examination of all major systems.
- An objective evaluation of the condition of a home.
- A printed report covering all findings and identifying potential concerns.
- A high quality binder that includes: your home inspection report, full color photos, a repair and remodel cost estimate guide, home maintenance information, a CD-Rom to help you with simple “how-to” projects around the home, a package of valuable offers from our Home Alliance partners