Sunday, 17 December 2017

What to Cover in Home Inspection

The purpose of house inspection is to know the condition of the house at the time of examination. Inspection reports are often used in determining purchase value, and present opportunities to negotiate prices and improvements that may be required.

There are different types of inspection services. Buyers who want a home they are considering purchasing for inspection. Sellers (or inspection lists), who want their homes checked to identify and fix problems before placing their home in the market. A gradual inspection, conducted during various phases of construction at the house under construction. The warranty inspection is usually done 11 months after the initial construction while the house is still under the warranty of the builder.

Inspection includes examination of structures, roofs, electricity, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and equipment. Inspectors are required to check only visible and accessible items. Two roof stories are generally considered inaccessible and inspected from the ground. Inspectors are not permitted to conduct invasive inspections. They are not allowed to open walls or ceilings to determine the problems hidden behind walls. Professional inspectors will incorporate the latest technologies such as thermal imaging to assess the general condition of the home.

Home inspectors are similar to primary care physicians, except that home inspectors are not allowed, legally, to work on the homes they are examining. Primary care physicians will direct their patients to a specialist for more thorough examination and care. Home inspectors will also refer their clients to a specialist when necessary. As stated, home inspectors are not allowed, legally, to work on the house they are examining. This is for client protection. They do not have to worry the inspector finds a problem in the hope of making extra money through repairs.

Typical home inspections are limited to homes and garages. This does not include a swimming pool, hot tubs, lawn sprinklers, wells, septic, and outbuildings. This is an add-on cost. Some require additional training and licensing on the home inspector's part.

The role of home inspector is only to check and report. A home inspector should not make recommendations about who should make improvements or whether the client should buy the house, or what to negotiate with the seller. We recommend that you consult with their realtor who will assist them in making this decision.

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