What Is An Inspection?

An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a home or building. This includes an inspection of systems including, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical, Roofing, and Plumbing Systems. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, or commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.

When do I call a home inspector?

You should typically contact a licensed home inspector immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. 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.

What Does An Inspection Include?

A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the home or building 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 or Home “FAIL” The Inspection?

No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of the home or building. It is not an appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of minor or major repairs or replacement.

Why Do I Need An Inspection?

The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect, both inside and outside of the home or building. An inspector can give you an idea of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A newly purchased house or building can have many potential problems. The inspector 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 building, 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 decision confidently.