Can I Do It Myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and years of expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction and remains completely objective and unemotional about the home.
Can A Home Inspection Fail?
NO! A professional home inspection is an examination of the condition of the home on the day it is inspected; it is not an appraisal, which determines market value or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance, but rather describes its visible physical condition and indicates what may need major repairs in the near future.
Do I Have To Be There?
It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is highly recommended. You will be able to accompany the inspector and ask questions directly as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you’ve seen the property first-hand through the inspector’s eyes.
Who Hires The Inspector?
The Client usually retains the inspector. The Inspector works for you. The report cannot be given to anyone else without your written consent.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost varies from one inspector to the next. The purchase of a property, however, will likely be the most expensive investment people will make in their lives. It doesn’t make sense to shop for the least expensive inspector you can find. As the saying goes, “Pennywise and Pound Foolish”. That is most certainly true, in today’s world, you get what you pay for. Don’t be fooled by individuals whose training consists of viewing a videotape for 2 hours and then claim to be a “Home Inspector” Check for “Certifications” before hiring an inspector.