A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of the house, performed to identify major defects and safety issues. A proper Home Inspection is a lengthy process, typically lasting around 3 to 4 hours, longer if you like to chat, which is not a problem. I strongly encourage the prospective buyer to be present during the inspection, so we can take a look together and discuss any questions and concerns you may have.
Steps to getting an inspection:
- Give me a call, and we can discuss your needs and expectations.
- If you decide we are compatible, you will receive the pre-inspection package which includes contract and standards of practice. Read it, and ask questions if you require any clarifications.
- The inspection will be setup to fit your schedule. Odds are, I will start checking the outside of the house prior to your arrival, but don’t worry we will still look at everything together.
- After, the inspection you will receive a report, most often 24 hours after the inspection. Take your time reading the report and we will discuss any questions you may have.
- It is not over yet! What if your possession is a few weeks away? Things can change during that time, obstructions may have been removed, other unexpected changes may have occurred. At this time typically you would be doing your pre-closing walk-through with the agent. If you would like another set of eyes, let’s schedule it. That’s’ right an hour long pre-closing possession check is absolutely ***FREE*** (limited time offer).
- If you have questions in the weeks and months after you settle in your new home, feel free to give me a call.
So, you may be wondering what is checked during an inspection. In order to illustrate what is covered, I have attached an example of a Home Inspection Report. To summarize, most of your inspection report will consist of maintenance recommendations and list of minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into:
- Major defects. An example of this would be a significant structural failure.
- Things that may lead to major defects.
- Safety hazards.