Inspection doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, but knowing what to expect

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When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Do I have to be present for the inspection?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the home inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

Some home inspectors deliver a report on-site right after the inspection. Why don't you?
I will be happy to verbally summarize major findings with you at the inspection and answer any questions you have. In order to produce a detailed narrative report with accurate and relevant comments, I must compile my findings at the office where I have access to references, research material, and am free from distractions. There is a full review on a laptop of the pictures taken of the visible defects. You will leave with a good understanding of what faults were detected during inspection. The written report arrives by e-mail within 24-48 hours (or courier, if you don’t have e-mail!)

Are there questions the home inspector won't answer?
Yes, for example: Should I buy this house? There are many factors that come into play when making the home buying decision, and the physical condition of the property is only one of them. Everyone has their own tolerances and abilities in dealing with deficiencies in the condition of the property. The home inspector will not comment on factors outside of his or her field of expertise.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs or negotiate compensation.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.


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Can a house
fail
a home
inspection?


No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.