Why pay for a home inspection?
While some issues are clearly visible to the untrained eye, many are not. A leaky roof, faulty wiring, or defective pipes are potentially expensive repairs that require the attention of a trained professional. The cost of the inspection is quite small compared to the cost of replacing the branch wiring in a home or re-roofing. When buying a home, it is important to know what you are paying for and what condition the home's systems are in. A home inspection is part of a practical and well-informed real estate purchase.
Why do some inspectors cost more than others?
Inspection fees can vary widely among inspectors. While hiring the cheapest inspector may save you money initially, it may cost you much more in the long run. Experience, association memberships, training and certification, modern reporting software, and specialized inspection tools all have an associated cost, and this is often reflected in the cost of the inspection. It is wise to look into the credentials of the inspector you are hiring. If possible, ask if they are certified to perform supplemental inspections (radon monitoring, thermal imaging, wood destroying organism inspections, etc). Put simply, you get what you pay for.
How long does an inspection take?
The duration of an inspection depends largely on the size, age, and condition of the home, but typically an inspection will last around 3 hours.
When will I receive my inspection report?
The inspection report will be issued within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection. At Caliper Home Inspections, we believe that it is to everyone's benefit for the inspector to take some time away from the property to carefully review the inspection findings. An inspection report issued on-site at the end of the inspection may be convenient, but it may also be rushed and lacking detail or insight.
Who gets a copy of the inspection report?
The individual who hired and paid the inspector is the only person who will receive a copy of the report. The inspector will not share the report with any third party without a written request from the client.
Should I attend the inspection?
You are not required to attend the inspection, but doing so is recommended. You will be better able to gauge the condition of the home and its systems if you are there with the inspector to ask questions and see the inspection taking place.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A home inspection is not a code inspection and there is no pass or fail. The purpose of the inspection is to bring attention to defects in the home and its systems that need to be considered, repaired and/or negotiated with the seller.
When do I call a home inspector?
Inspectors are often booked several days or even weeks in advance. It is wise to book your inspection as soon as you know that your offer has been accepted. Knowing the issues with a home early in the inspection period will give you time to negotiate and find common ground with the seller.
What do I do if issues are found in the house?
All houses have flaws. Knowing what those flaws are, how serious they are, and how expensive they might to be fix is important information when buying a home. This information can be used to negotiate a new price, to negotiate repairs before closing, or to help determine if you want to go through with the purchase at all.
Can I do the inspection myself?
This is not recommended. Aside from training, technical tools, and experience, an inspector represents an impartial third party without an emotional or financial investment in the property. Hiring an inspector will help you get an expert and objective opinion as to the true condition of the home.