What We Inspect
What We Inspect:
Purchasing a home is often the largest investment you will ever make.
Before completing the purchase you should know what conditions the home may contain and what things might need attention. A qualified home inspection can help you make an informed decision about the homes condition.
Homeowners often have their home inspected before they sell so they can address any potential issues. Others may have their new home inspected before the warranty runs out so they can have any defects corrected.
What Should I Expect From a Home Inspector?
Your home inspector’s role is to tell you the physical condition of the home. The inspector should walk through the home with you and point out any problems. This normally takes at least two hours. The inspector must give you a contract before the inspection and a written report afterwards. Before starting the home inspection, the inspector must give you a copy of the signed contract that includes a list of what will and won’t be inspected.
This publication is intended to provide general information only and is not a substitute for legal advice. The inspector must not damage the home during the inspection unless the owner agrees in writing to allow an invasive inspection. If the inspector causes damage during the inspection and the seller has not agreed, the inspector must pay for the damage. For example, this means that the inspector usually can’t drill holes to look inside walls, ceilings, or behind tiling. An inspector can look for signs that there might be problems with a home and suggest any areas that should be examined by an expert. For example, mold and wiring behind walls usually cannot be seen directly, but there might be other signals that a trained eye would notice.