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Buyer Inspection Process

What is a Home Inspection?

A Home Inspection is a visual inspection of a structure, made by a qualified professional, who is trained and has experience in evaluating all the component features in a house.  A qualified home inspector will share a clear and accurate picture of the condition of these components.

It is important to remember that a Home Inspection is basically visual in nature, with no intrusive drilling or digging performed. When you and your Home Inspector have completed the Inspection, the house must be in the same (or better) condition than it was when you first began.

What is the Cost of a Home Inspection?

The cost of a home inspection is based on price per square foot. Most range from $300-750, depending on the size of the property. An average home inspection costs $350-450.

What are the Goals of a Home Inspection?

1- Clearly identify any potential significant defect that may affect your buying decision and gain a realistic approximation of associated repair costs.

2- Identify any areas in need of near term repairs, or any components that are reaching the end of their useful life span. This will be very useful information that you will need when setting up your maintenance budget.

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The Structural Inspection

  • Foundation
  • Grading and Drainage
  • Roof & Attic
  • Walls (interior & Exterior)
  • Door (interior & Exterior)
  • Ceilings & Floors
  • Windows
  • Fireplace/Chimney
  • Porches, Decks, Garages & Carports

The Mechanical Inspection

  • Electrical
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Plumbing
  • Appliances
  • Garage Door Operators
  • Dryer Vents

How do I get Maximum Benefit From a Home Inspection?

  • Make plans to personally attend the Inspection. A typical Home Inspection takes between 1½ to three hours. It is well worth being able to learn first hand about the home and its systems.
  • Be sure that the Home Inspector arrives fully equipped to perform the Inspection. The Home Inspector should be fully equipped with all the necessary tools and testing equipment needed to perform a full inspection (ladder, flashlight, electronic testing equipment for carbon monoxide, electrical circuit analyzer, moisture meter, level, etc.).  Beware of the Inspector who comes equipped with nothing more than a flashlight, does not take time to sit down with you first and try and determine your specific needs and concerns, performs a “quick walk-through”, gives you just a handwritten check-list when done, and leaves without spending time explaining what he has found.
  • Follow the Inspector and ask questions. Remember, this is your Inspection! No question is silly or foolish. Learn as much as you can.
  • Confirm that all the major components are evaluated. All of the accessible components in the house should be evaluated, unless specifically stipulated by your Inspector. You should not expect the Inspector to test certain specialty items such as water treatment systems, central alarm systems, lawn sprinkling systems, swimming pools and hot tubs, etc. If any such exist in the home, consult with your Realtor  to see if an outside specialist should be called in to evaluate them.
  • Obtain a Repair Items List. At the conclusion of the Inspection, your home inspector should provide you and your realtor with a written list that clearly itemizes any major defects and recommended repairs. You should receive a formal report including photos of mentioned items immediately following your home inspection.

Following a Home Inspection You Should Know:

  • The condition of the home and what repairs are needed
  • Relative Urgency of Repairs should they exist
  • A proper course of corrective action to take if repairs are needed

What Happens if a home inspection turns sour?

Occasionally, a home inspection may reveal antiquated mechanical systems, undisclosed repairs, and perhaps, unexpected safety hazards.  The good news–most concerns may be addressed in a timely and cost efficient manner.  It is best to seek estimates for repairs from reputable service providers and determine the time and money needed for corrective action.  If the cost of repairs and time needed exceeds your desired results, it may be best for you and your Realtor to seek another home better suited to your needs.

Recommended Home Inspectors:

For your convenience, We have provided a list of qualified home inspectors available to assist you with your future home inspection.

  • National Property Inspections
  • Bob McDonough
  • (770) 656-2209
  • E-mail: Npi.bob@gmail.com