Home Inspection FAQs

Why Do I Need A Home Inspection ?

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. Of course, a home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the house you are about to purchase.

When Do I Call The Home Inspector?

A home inspector is typically contacted right after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed, and is often available within a few days. However, before you sign, be sure that there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Would you like to make your home more desirable to potential buyers? Have it inspected! Our Seller’s inspection program enables Real Estate Agents to create a “Hot Link” at their web site listing that will take a prospective buyer straight to the home inspection report with no diversions. Any defects or problems discovered through the Buyer’s inspection will most likely cause renegotiation, inflated repair estimates, and increased anxiety. A pro-active Seller’s inspection will virtually eliminate all the hassles a Buyer’s inspection may cause. If any significant damage or defects are discovered, your listing Agent can discuss them with you and determine an appropriate course of action. This will allow you time to shop around for the best price to repair or correct any identified problem areas. Knowing what defects, if any, are present at the initial listing creates enormous benefits. If repairs are made after the initial inspection, RJE Property Inspections will perform a follow-up inspection, clean up the initial report and upload the revised report to your web listing. When a Buyer is intrigued about a home they are looking at, one of their main reservations is the condition of the home. Seeing the report and an optional home warranty right then, may produce a phone call for more information instead of clicking to the next ad. It’s a great sales tool! And if your home needs some repairs, then why not fix them now on your terms and not the Buyers. After all, it is still your home.

Can A Home Fail An Inspection?

A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or 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 in their opinion what may need major repair or replacement.

Can’t I Do It Myself?

For the most accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.

Cost? Is It Worth It?

The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services, such as thermal imaging or radon testing. It is a good idea to check local prices on your own. However, do not let cost be the primary factor in in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspector is NOT necessarily a bargain. The inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration.

What Does It Include?

The standard home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.

Do I Have To Be There?

It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but we encourage clients to attend whenever they can. You will be able to observe 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.

What If The Report Reveals Problems?

No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. A seller may adjust the purchase price or make repairs if major problems are found. Your real estate professional can help you determine what is the best course of action.

How Long Will The Inspection Take?

Generally, a single-family home inspection will last about 3 to 5 hours