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Do I need a home
What is the scope of a home inspection?
What should I expect from an inspection?
Should I be present for an inspection?
What does an inspection cover?
How much is the inspection fee?
When do I pay the inspector?
Will I receive a written inspection report?
Do I Need a home
Whether you are buying or selling a
thorough home inspection by a qualified home inspector is normally a good
idea. The purchase of a home or the selling of a home, generally, involves
the largest financial investment of a family. You will want to be assured
that the property is in the condition you expect it to be.
What is the scope of a
The scope of the inspection is a
limited visual inspection of the general systems and components of the
property to identify any system or component which may be in need of repair.
The inspection is performed within generally accepted standards of practice.
To view the standards, ask the inspector for a detailed code of ethics . The
inspection does not cover any system or component which is concealed or
hidden from view or is inaccessible and does not include any destructive
testing or dismantling.
What should I expect from
You should expect that the inspection
will cover all items that pertain to structural integrity, habitability,
safety and soundness, mechanical operation and fitness.
Should I be present for
Whenever possible it is advisable for
you to present during the inspection. Your presence will allow you, the
client, to obtain a clear understanding of the property's condition with the
first-hand expertise and knowledge of the inspector. The inspector will be
able to answer any questions you have and address any concerns.
What does an inspection
The inspection will cover all the
physical aspects of the property and home. This includes the structural
integrity, roofing, siding, doors and windows, interior walls and ceilings,
plumbing and electrical systems, air conditioning and heating systems,
chimney and fireplace, water heater, ceiling fans and kitchen appliances.
Additional items pertinent to the individual property may also be inspected.
Be sure to ask your inspector about inspections for items such as pools, hot
tubs, saunas, wells, sprinkler systems, docks, boat lifts, piers, seawalls
and environmental testing (water quality, radon, asbestos, lead-based paint,
formaldehyde, mold, etc.), as well as a particular feature of the property.
How much is the inspection
The inspection is based upon the size
and features of the property being inspected. For a quotation of the fee,
contact a qualified home inspector affiliated with Merrell Institute and the
Appraisal Education Network School.
When do I pay the
Normally the fee is paid at the time
of inspection. Be sure to check with your inspector at the time of making
the appointment to understand the method and time payment is expected.
Will I receive a written
Yes. A comprehensive written
inspection report will be written by your inspector.