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How thorough are home inspections?
A home inspector will look at things like a home’s foundation, structural components, roof, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems, then provide a written home inspection report with results.
How often do home inspections fail?
A home inspection is not a pass or fail. It is an identification of problems found with a home’s systems. Most common issues are:
How long are home inspections good for?
The short answer is: the moment the inspector walks out the door, the inspection is old and invalid. Home inspection reports are written in the past tense as anything can change once the inspector leaves the property. For instance, the same evening after a home inspection, a storm could roll through causing flooding and water damage, roof leakage, or even structural damage.
How long do home inspections take?
It depends upon the size of the home and the number of rooms. An average inspection for a 2,000 square foot home takes about 2-2½ hours. The time is well-spent considering there are more than 500 components in the average home.
Are home inspections included in the closing costs?
No. Home buyers will need to pay their own appraisal, home inspection, and title search fees to ensure their home is valued correctly and has no major issues before the transaction is final.
Are home inspections required by law or mandatory?
In short, no – not at this time. There is no law that requires a buyer or a seller to conduct an inspection when purchasing or selling any home.
Are home inspections necessary or even worth it?
Home inspections are now a valuable part of the home buying process. Rarely do transactions occur without them, and any experienced real estate professional will advise you to find a reputable home inspector once a sales price has been agreed.
What do home inspectors look for?
A home inspector’s checklist is exceedingly thorough:
Do agents go to home inspections?
All real estate agents should attend home inspections!
Who is responsible for home inspections?
A buyer is usually responsible for paying for their own appraisal and home inspection. However, there are times when a seller could choose to pay for either or both of these costs.
Do buyers go to home inspections?
As a buyer, you should be present for the inspection to get a firsthand explanation of the inspector’s findings and, if necessary, ask questions. Also, any problems the inspector uncovers will make more sense if you see them in person instead of relying solely on the snapshot photos in the report.
Can home inspections be done on the weekend?
Yes. I do work some weekends, but those slots tend to go very quickly, so I wouldn’t count on it. Also realize we have to work around the seller’s schedule, and many people do not want to leave their house on a weekend.
Can home inspections be done when it’s raining?
Yes! Actually, it’s often beneficial for us to perform a home inspection in the rain, because we can see firsthand things like roof leaks (especially new leaks), clogged rain gutters, flooding yards, and other issues that may not be as readily apparent during a very dry spell.