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Frequently Asked Questions
When is an inspection needed?
The home inspection happens after the seller has accepted your offer, but before buying the house. You will want to schedule a home inspection as soon as possible.
How long does an inspection take?
The length of a home inspections usually depends on the size and age of the home.
In general, you can expect the inspection to take around 2-3 hours. If you are the buyer, make sure to follow along with the inspector. Tagging along will not only give you an up-close look at any potential problem areas, it will also give you a chance to learn the locations of important home features, such as your electrical box and water shut-off valve. The inspector will also show you what needs annual maintenance to keep your new home running in good condition.
And if you are the seller? Tag along with the inspector, too. You’ll want to hear the inspector’s explanation of which systems in your home need upgrades or repairs.
Are sellers required to fix all findings of the home inspection?
What are common findings that an inspector will call out?
When doing an inspection there may be ‘cosmetic flaws’ or minor repairs that may show up on the inspection report. For example, there may be a broken window pane or outside gutter with rusted seams. These rarely cause a deal to fall threw. Costly and/or hidden problems may cause a buyer to back out of a contract or ask for money off the price of the home. Here are the most common findings that an inspector will call out.
- Rundown Roofing- Your roof coverings may be at the end of it life. The roofing material may be brittle, curled, or broken, and any loose flashing(or none existent) can cause water damage if neglected.
- Drainage Issues- The grading around the foundation on the home can cause serious drainage and effect the foundation. When there is improper grading around the foundation it can lead to a leaky basement, cause mildew and water intrusion. In extreme conditions it can cause the foundation to shift and crack.
- Faulty Foundation- This would be one of your most costly issues to fix. Signs of a foundation issue includes windows and doors sticking, cracks in sheetrock above door and windows, L-shaped or horizontal cracks in the exterior wall materials.
- Plumbing Problems- Any visible leaks from old and defective piping. Any damaged pipes, malfunctioning water heaters, clogged sewer lines, low water pressure, toilet issues like bad wax seals.
- Pest Infestations- These can include wood-eating insects like termites or varmints that may occupy your attic and crawl spaces.
- Mold- Can usually be visible or odor.
- HVAC- None functioning or end of life. Missing components. Included is failing heating systems.
- Electrical wiring- This can be anything from reverse polarity, missing junction boxes, and damaged receptacles to name a few. Inferior aluminum wiring in older homes.
- Structural Damage- This can be sagging floor joist, rafters, and door headers to name a few.
Of course, these are just to name a few and not the only material defects that an inspector will call out. Just the common that you may see on a inspection report.
Who attends a home inspection?
You do not have to be present during a home inspection but, it could be useful to be present to ask additional questions. Please ask questions on your new home. This is where you can find out where things are located, like the electrical panel and shut off valves for your main water and gas. You can also gain insight on things that may need maintenance and upkeep in your new home.