Visiting your potential home during a home inspection can be an exciting but nerve-wracking time; the house of your dreams is so close to being yours, but you’re not sure what problems could arise. On the other hand, if you’ve scheduled a pre-listing inspection before selling your house, the same anxieties can arise regarding the condition of your property.
Whether you are buying or selling, a home inspection is an invaluable investment, and we’re here to walk you through what goes on during an inspection.
Home Inspection Basics
On average, a home inspection takes between two to three hours. A home inspection will provide you with an unbiased, objective assessment of the property you are about to sell or buy. To put you in the best position to make a decision about your investment, clients are highly encouraged to attend the full inspection, ask questions about any concerns and learn more in-depth information about the property.
During the Inspection
Home inspectors will walk their clients through the interior and exterior of the property and will visually assess major mechanical and electrical systems. They will take their time to explain what they are specifically looking for and what they find along the way. Items that are typically inspected are plumbing, electrical, grading, roofing, siding, windows, doors, HVAC systems, the foundation, and much more! Don’t be afraid to voice your concerns at any time during the inspection.
After the Inspection
After the inspection is complete, the inspector will verbally go over what was found, the severity of potential issues and share their objective recommendations going forward.
They will also provide you with a comprehensive computer generated report detailing the current condition of the property. This report will include digital pictures of significant findings of the property, as well as comments with recommendations. Since all problems can be repaired, a home inspection won’t pass or fail. Potential buyers can take their time to discuss the findings privately, as well as with their real estate agent, to plan the next steps in the home buying or selling process.