Frequently Asked Questions
What Is An Inspection?
An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a home.
What Does An Inspection Include?
A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the home from
top to bottom. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the
structure, roof, foundation, drainage, plumbing, heating system, central
air-conditioning system, visible insulation, walls, windows, and doors.
Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are
included in the report.
Can a Building FAIL The Inspection?
No. A professional inspection is simply an examination of the current
condition of your home or prospective real estate purchase. It is not an
appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will
not pass or fail a home, but will simply describe its condition and
indicate which items will be in need of minor or major repairs or
What If The Report Reveals Problems?
As a Home Buyer, if the inspector finds problems in your prospective
home, it does not necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy it, only that you
will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be
willing to make repairs because of significant problems discovered by
the inspector or may be willing to reduce the asking price. If your
budget is tight, or if you do not wish to become involved in future
repair work, you may decide that this is not the property for you. The
choice is yours.
As a Home Seller, if your pre-listing inspection
reveals problems, it will allow you the opportunity to make repairs and
shop for competitive contractors. The report can help you realistically
price your home and permits you to attach repair estimates or paid
invoices to the inspection report.
If The Report Is Favorable, Did I Really Need An Inspection?
Now you can complete your purchase with peace of mind about the
condition of the property and its equipment and systems. You may have
learned a few things about your property from the inspection report, and
will want to keep that information for your future reference. Above
all, you can rest assured that you are making a well-informed purchase
decision and that you will be able to enjoy or occupy your new home the
way you want.
Why Do I Need An Inspection?
The purchase of a home is one of the largest single investments you
will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect --- both indoors
and out -- in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A
fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains
on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage problem or may be
simply the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these
and other clues then presents a professional opinion as to the condition
of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of
course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a
home, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good
shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding
of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your
As a seller, if you have owned your home for
a period of time, an inspection can identify potential problems in the
sale of your home and can recommend preventive measures which might
avoid future expensive repairs.
Can I Inspect The Building Myself?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise
of a professional inspector who has inspected hundreds, and perhaps
thousands of homes in their career. An inspector is equally familiar
with the critical elements of construction and with the proper
installation, maintenance and inter-relationships of these elements.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective
and unemotional about the home they really want, and this may lead to a
Should I Attend The Inspection?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it
is a good idea. By following the inspector through the inspection,
observing and asking questions, you will learn about the new home and
get some tips on general maintenance. This information will be of great
help to you after you’ve moved in.