YES! You are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions on a home. It is worth it to get a professional to check all systems and components to ensure they are working properly and that they were built accordingly. We'll give you a detailed report of any deficiencies noted with pictures. Oftentimes, this can help save you costly repairs down the road on items that you may not have discovered without an inspection. A home inspection should always be performed.
It is not required that you attend the home inspection. In fact, it is recommended that you not be there during the actual inspection portion. We set aside time at the end of the inspection to go over our findings in summary and answer any questions you may have. We will issue you a detailed report including photos within 24 hours with our findings. I'm happy to discuss questions after the fact as well so even being there is optional and totally up to you.
Home Inspection costs vary but could be anywhere in the $400-$600 range for most homes. Pricing also depends on if you’re getting just the home inspection or if there are other things needed such as a WDI inspection, a pool/spa inspection, a sewer scope or other ancillary Services.
Like the cost, the length of time it takes to complete a home inspection also varies. Larger homes and very old homes take longer because there is more to inspect. Homes with pier and beam foundations also take longer as our home inspectors will need to go through the crawlspace. Typical times are about 1 hour per 1000 sq ft.
1.Clean the house
2. Remove or crate your pets
3. Make sure all your light bulbs work
4. Make sure dishwasher, oven and microwave are empty
5. Make sure everything is accessible. (Attic, crawlspace, electrical panels, garage outlets, water heaters, etc)
The inspection is designed to tell you what needs to be repaired on the house. There may be some requirements that the house needs to meet in order for your financial lender to lend you the money for the home. This does not mean that the house has “failed” the inspection and will not be able to be sold.
There are potential problems that can come up during inspections. The seller of the home is not automatically required to repair any problems that the inspector finds. As the buyer, you can negotiate for the repairs to be made before you buy the home. If the seller is not willing to do the repairs for you, your realtor can use the information in our report to discuss negotiations for possible financial concessions.