Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspections
You can confidently close a house deal once you find out that your home inspection report is all clear. However, to get the most out of your inspection, you need to be prepared. Often, while trying to research, clients have a ton of questions about home inspection but find answers difficult to come by. To ensure you have all your doubts cleared and are armed with the most accurate information, Kevwilli Home Inspections LLC has answered some of the most frequently asked questions about home inspections.
1. What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property. Performed for a fee, a home inspection is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. However, a home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material defects observed on the date of the inspection. Moreover, it does not entail predictions of future conditions. The client and inspector usually modify the scope of work before the inspection process.
2. What happens if issues are found?
There are potential problems that can come up during a home inspection. The seller of the home is not required to repair any issues that the inspector finds. As the buyer, you can negotiate for the repairs to be made before you buy a house. If the seller is not willing to do the repairs for you, you will need to make other arrangements or terminate the contract. If you still want to purchase the house but are unable to get the financial lender to approve the loan until the repairs are made, you may have to make the repairs at your own expense.
3. How long will an inspection take?
The length of the inspection will vary depending on the size and style of the house. The more bathrooms there are, the more there is to check. A thorough inspection would take between two to three hours. If many systems need to be checked in a house, inspectors that rush are more likely to miss more than those who take the time to do it right.
4. Is it possible for an inspection to fail?
There is no pass or fail. The inspection is designed to tell you what needs to be repaired in the house. There may be some requirements that the house needs to meet in order for your financial lender to lend you the money for the home. This does not mean that the house has “failed” the inspection and will not be able to be sold.
5. Can I do the inspection myself?
Inspecting your potential house is not recommended. Home inspectors are specially trained to look for things you may miss and are not influenced by desires to buy the house. Some home inspectors even call other home inspectors to inspect their personal purchases while some states like NY require a licensed inspector to complete the inspection.
6. Who pays for the home inspection?
In most cases, the buyer pays for the home inspection.
7. Can I be there for the inspection?
Yes, you definitely should. We encourage our clients to attend the entire inspection, if possible and to ask questions during and after the inspection. While inspecting, we may point out things that are in good shape, but that will require maintenance to keep them that way.
8. What should I bring to the inspection?
a. Tape Measure - For checking dimensions for furniture layouts, window treatments, and appliance locations.
b. Camera - Although the home inspector will take photos of the defects, you may want additional general photos to refer to later.
c. Notepad - For diagrams and inspection notes.
d. Flashlight - Not a fancy flashlight, just one that is bright enough to peek into the dark corners of closets and cabinets.
e. Seller’s Disclosure Documents - If there are things in the seller’s disclosure that you want to review with the inspector, be sure to bring it along.
f. List of Questions - Have a list of your concerns and questions prepared beforehand to be sure they will all be addressed by the inspector.
If you have any more questions about home inspections, get in touch with the professionals at Kevwilli Home Inspections LLC. As a standard home inspection company in Sand Lake, NY, we offer some of the best inspection services in the market. Our certified home inspectors provide standard home inspection, pre-purchase and pre-listing, real estate inspection services to clients across Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Spring, Watervliet, Rensselaer, Sand Lake.