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  • Writer's pictureBrett Hodgdon, PE

Your FAQs about Home Inspections Answered

What is a home inspection?

"A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. On average, a single-family home inspection usually takes 2-4 hours to complete, though this is heavily dependent on the of the size and condition of the home. After the inspection process, the inspector will send the client an inspection report (often within 24-48 hours) that covers their findings, complete with pictures, analysis and recommendations." (via American Society of Home Inspectors)

Why should I get a home inspection?

"Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it's important to get a home inspection because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs, to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan." (via International Association of Certified Home Inspectors)

What does a home inspection include?

"The standard home inspector's report will cover the condition of the home's heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing system; electrical system; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; and the foundation, basement and structural components." (via American Society of Home Inspectors)

Who pays for a house inspection report?

"Typically, the buyer pays for their own inspection, and can use a licensed home inspector of their choosing. However, sellers who may be concerned about what might be found in an inspection sometimes opt to pay for their own pre-inspection. Based on the results, you can price your home accordingly, and you won’t be surprised by the results of your buyer’s inspection. Do note that any problems revealed in your pre-inspection have to be disclosed to your buyer." (via Zillow)

What other questions do you have?

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