INSPECTION FAQ'sCommonly Asked Questions Regarding The Inspection Process And Purpose
Property inspections are performed for a variety of reasons. Commercial property inspections can be needed prior to new tenants arriving. Or, for annual maintenance contracts. Home property inspections are typically done for real estate sales either prior to the property being listed or prior to the property closing escrow. For the most part the inspections are performed in the same fashion and attention to detail.
What is a home inspection?
Many people confuse a home inspection with an appraisal or a code check. A home inspection is a visual inspection of the accessible systems and components of a home to determine if they are performing their intended function at the time of the inspection. The inspection is performed by a licensed home inspector. It is not a guarantee, nor is it a code compliance inspection.
Why schedule a home inspection?
A home inspection provides important information about a home, and recommendations for further evaluation and/or repair when needed. An inspector is an unbiased professional without a vested interest in the transaction or the property. In simple terms, the inspector will do his or her best to describe the condition of a system or component to determine whether it is performing to an acceptable standard. Professional inspectors are licensed, receive extensive continuing education, and many have a building or construction background.
What home components will be inspected?
Visible and accessible components, including the following: Drainage, foundation, roof, chimney, siding, windows, and doors; decks, porches, steps, railings, garages, attic, and crawl spaces; plumbing, electrical, heating/air, kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry; flooring, walls and ceilings, lighting, outlets, and fireplaces.
Who is normally present during the inspection and how long does it last?
Typically, the person(s) who requested the inspection (most often a potential buyer of a dwelling or building), and the buyer’s Realtor are present. It is not a good time for friends and family to view the property because the inspector will need to focus on tasks at hand, and the buyer won’t want distractions during this important process. Sellers most often stay away from the dwelling during the inspection process as a courtesy. The size and condition of the dwelling determines how long the inspection will take. On average, the inspection lasts from two to four hours. At the end of the inspection, the inspector will give a laptop presentation of his findings and will discuss the findings with you.
Do you issue a report after the inspection?
Yes. We provide our clients with a computer generated follow-up report. Digital photos are used to help illustrate conditions that the inspector describes within the report. Reports are delivered by e-mail unless an other method is requested. The report includes a summary of conditions that require further evaluation and/or service. The full report will include those same conditions, as well as system and component descriptions and home maintenance information. The Report is delivered by the next business day.