The Home Inspection

Is an inspection necessary?


Yes! You have the right to request an inspection of any property you are thinking of purchasing by a professional inspector of your choice.  You should always exercise your option to have the physical condition of the property and its inclusions inspected.  Many of the more severe and expensive problems such as mechanical, electrical, structural, and plumbing are not noticeable to the untrained eye.  If repairs are needed, negotiate these in your contract offer.  A professionally conducted home inspection followed by a written evaluation is becoming standard procedure in home buying because of increased buyer awareness and savvy.

As of January 01, 2012 the new sales contract is essentially “as is” which means any deficiencies noted on the inspection need to be negotiated with the seller after discovery.  The seller is not obligated any longer to deliver the home systems ins normal working order.


What does an inspection entail?


A qualified inspector will follow Standards of Practice in conducting their inspection.  The inspection consists of a physical inspection of the home with the purchaser present, followed by a written report detailing their findings.  They report on the general condition of the home’s electrical, heating, and air systems, interior plumbing, roof, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, and visible structure.  The inspection is not designed to criticize every minor problem or defect in the home.  No home is perfect.  It is intended to report on major damage or serious problems that require repair for the well being of the home and that might require significant expense.