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.
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 and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. For more info please see my Standards of Practice.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment 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 house 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 house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
What will it cost?
There are a couple factors determining rate. Size of home, tests being done and distance. I am more than happy to discuss this with you over the phone or via text. 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 professional affiliations as a guide. I am an affiliate of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, The Utah Real Estate Inspectors guild and a member of InterNACHI. Pricing can now be found under our schedule an inspection section.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. 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. The term you might here is "under contract". 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.
Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. It really depends on the situation. What I find works best is that I come in and perform the inspection at a specified time. After the inspection is completed I meet with my client and walk them through the property explaining my findings and what they'll see on the report. This gives the potential buyers an opportunity to ask any questions of me or the sellers.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If we identify problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. 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.
WHAT DO I NEED TO HAVE READY WHEN I SCHEDULE THE INSPECTION?
- NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS
- SELLERS DISCLOSURE IF AVAILABLE
- NAME OF PERSON THAT REFERRED YOU.
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