Home Inspection FAQ's - Professional Inspector - Dexaco Home Inspections, Inc.
   
Home Inspection FAQ's
  1. What is an inspection?

  2. What does an inspection include?

  3. How long does an inspection take?

  4. Does the homebuyer need to be present at the time of the inspection?

  5. Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

  6. Can a building "FAIL" the inspection?

  7. What if the report reveals problems?

  8. Why do I need an inspection?

  9. What do I get in writing?


1. What is an inspection?

An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, condominium, mobile home, commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector.

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2. What does an inspection include?

A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the building from top to bottom. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the structure, roof, foundation, drainage, plumbing, heating system, central air conditioning system, visible insulation, walls, windows, and doors. Only those items that are visible and accessible by normal means are included in the report. Over 600 items inspected. All inspections meet ASHI standards.

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3. How long does an inspection take?

A typical inspection of a property under 2,000 square feet lasts approximately two and a half to three hours.

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4. Does the homebuyer need to be present at the time of the inspection?

Yes, it is to the home buyers benefit to be present at the time of the inspection. The inspectors job is not just to inspect the property, but also to educate the potential buyer of the condition of the property, and this can be better achieved if you are present at the time of the inspection.

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5. Why can't I have someone in my family who is very handy or a contractor, inspect my new home?

This is the biggest mistake many potential new homeowners make when purchasing a home. Although the person you are considering may be skilled, they are not trained or experienced at professional home inspections. Professional home inspection is a unique skill like no other. Professional inspectors get what we call an inspector's instinct for problems. That instinct takes extensive training and lots of experience doing inspections to develop. Many contractors, and other trades professionals hire a professional home inspector to inspect their homes when they make a purchase.

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6. Can a building "FAIL" the inspection?

No. A professional inspection is simply an examination into the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. It is not and appraisal or a Municipal Code inspection. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe its condition and indicate which items will be in need of minor or major repairs or replacement.

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7. What if the report reveals problems?

If the inspector finds problems in a building, it does not necessarily mean you should not buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to make repairs because of significant problems discovered by the inspector. If your budget is tight, or if you do not wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that it is not the property for you. The choice is yours.

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8. Why do I need an inspection?

The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect - both indoors and out - in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage or may be simply the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, Then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.

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9. What do I get in writing?

The inspector will provide you with a 20-25 page computer generated on-site report. The report contains an evaluation of the condition of the property, building component life expectancy and replacement costs, according to ASHI standards.

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