About Home Inspections
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive visual examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are conducted by a licensed home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
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.
Why do I need a home inspection?
To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected issues you’ll want to learn as much as you can about your newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep the home in good working order. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.