Frequently asked questions
WHAT IS A “HOME INSPECTION”?
A home property inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
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.
WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a home property inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the property inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
If you are already a home owner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and to learn preventive measures which might avoid costly future repairs.
If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have a property inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
The price of the property inspection can vary greatly depending on several factors including age, size, location, condition and price.
CAN A HOUSE FAIL INSPECTION?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or 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 may need repair or replacement.
WHEN DO I CALL IN THE HOME INSPECTOR?
A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. Before you sign, be sure that there is a property inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
DO I HAVE TO BE PRESENT DURING THE INSPECTION?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended that you stop by near the end for a walkthrough and summary of defects found at the property. You will be able to ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain it.
WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?
No house is perfect. If the home inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are found.
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208 Eagle Valley Ct.
Canton, GA 30114
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