Why do I need a home inspection?
You will be making possibly the largest investment in your life. To reduce the possibility of unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you will want to know as much as you can about the house, townhome or condo before you purchase it. Focus Home Inspection will identify any deficiencies that need attention, either immediate or in the future. It will also detail any need for maintenance to keep it and you happy. You will know much more about the home, which will allow you to make a decision with confidence.
What if the report reveals problems?
All homes (even new construction) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price. If the inspector recommends further inspection by a qualified contractor, this means that you need to get an opinion by a qualified contractor before your inspection time period runs out on your real estate contract.
What does a home inspection include?
A home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s roof & attic, foundation, exterior, interior, heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), plumbing, and electrical systems.
What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?
- A home inspection is not protection against future failures. Stuff happens! Components like air conditioners and heat systems can and will break down. A home inspection attempts to reveal the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty.
- A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will a home inspector tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.
- A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks. A home inspector thinks “Safety” not “Code” when performing a home inspection.
Should I attend the home inspection?
It is often helpful to be there so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home even if no problems are found.
How much does a home inspection cost?
The cost of a home inspection will vary with the size, age.
How long does a home inspection take?
Home inspections take between two and three hours for the standard size home. However, for homes above 5,000 square feet, older homes or homes with additions, the inspection may take longer.
How do I get a copy of the home inspection report?
The inspection report will be emailed to the client within 24 hours after the inspection.