What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a thorough visual assessment of a house. It usually includes all major components and systems of the house that are accessible. Examples of what is inspected is the exterior, the roof, the structure, the heating and cooling systems, the electrical, the plumbing, as well as the insulation and interiors.

When do I need a home inspection?

Most typically, a home is inspected prior to making a purchase. This can provide the potential buyer with knowledge on any defects that may be costly to replace, and an estimate on the lifespan of certain aspects of the home.

However, there are also other reasons to get your own home inspected. For example, those who are selling their home get their homes inspected prior to listing it to have knowledge on what a potential buyer may leverage in price negotiations. Others who plan to remain in their home may get their home inspected to determine what areas should be prioritized for maintenance before the defect becomes worse. This helps protect your home and potentially the health of your family.

Can I complete a home inspection myself?

A home is usually a person’s largest investment. To protect that investment and to make sure there are no negative surprises, it is recommended a home inspector is hired to give you more control over selling or buying a property. Although you may be able to notice more obvious defects, it’s important to hire someone with a trained eye that can notice defects that would be missed by someone without proper experience and education.

How long does a home inspection take?

A home inspection usually takes between 2-3 hours, depending on the size and condition of the house. This time allows an inspector to take thorough photographs, write notes, and complete various tests and evaluations.

I don’t think I have that kind of time. Do I have to be there?

Being present during the inspection is not a requirement. However, it provides you with time to ask questions in person.

How soon can I expect a report from my home inspector?

With All Around Home Inspections, you can expect to receive a completed, thorough report of the home inspection within 24 hours!

What will the report look like?

The report you receive from A.A.H.I will be thorough, but easy to follow. It will include both strengths and weaknesses of the home. Photos will be included and explained to improve your understanding and to help you find the defect on the home at a later date. The urgency and potential costliness of the defect will also be documented when necessary so you know how long you have before the defect needs to be further inspected, repaired, or replaced.

I’m buying a new build. Why should it get inspected?

Although new homes may not have the wear and tear some older homes may possess, new builds come with their own possible defects. These vary from cosmetic issues you may want repaired, to more damaging and costly defects such as improperly installed systems, structural concerns, poor insulation, and more.

Can a home fail an inspection?

No! The report will not give the house a ‘grade’, or provide personal opinion on whether or not it ‘passes’ or ‘fails’. It will simply provide a detailed list of accessible and visible defects. It is then up to you to decide whether or not to proceed with the investment, etc!

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