A home inspection is a visual exam of the structure and systems of a house. The purpose of the inspection will tell you what you are buying, and the inspector will detail current or potential future problems with the property and if they are worth further research. The three main points of an inspection are physical condition, items in need of repair or replacement, and the remaining useful life of major systems.
A report won’t cover defects that are not visible, inoperable systems (e.g., A/C during the winter), or code violations.
If you are the buyer, it’s a good idea to be present during the inspection: you can ask the inspector questions, and the inspector can point out areas of potential trouble and may offer maintenance tips.
Expect an inspection to take 2-5 hours (old homes may take longer), and expect charges of $200-$500 depending on size.
The seller is not required to make repairs, but the buyer can use the report in negotiations (e.g., if a repair is made, the buyer will offer to pay more, otherwise the buyer will bid lower).
To hire an inspector, feel free to ask me for a list of recommended inspection companies, or feel free to research home inspection companies online. You may want to ask for references, memberships in professional associations, professional training, and experience.
As always, I am committed to your success!
Harriet Stopher, REALTOR® | ABR®, PSA, SRES®, SRS
Coldwell Banker Siesta Key
June 26, 2021