What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical
structure and the systems of the home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a
home inspection is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are
detected, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
Why can't I do my own home inspection?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise
of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of the
home construction, proper installation,maintenance and home safety. Most buyers find
it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house. It is
better to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion.
Do I have to be present?
While it is not required, it is highly recommended. You will be able
to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of
the home and how to maintain it.
Can a house fail an inspection?
No. The inspector 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.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitively. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence.
You'll have learned many things about the home from the
inspector's report, and you will
have that information for the future.
What will a home inspection cost?
The home inspection fee
for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing.
Similarly, within a given area, the home inspection fee may
very depending upon the size of the house, its age and particular features.
What is Radon?
The Surgeon General has warned that Radon gas is the second leading
cause of lung cancer in the US today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer. You
can't see it, but it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause
thousands of deaths each year.