What We Inspect
Buying a home is the largest investment most consumers will ever make. Before buying, you should know what condition the home is in and what repairs might be needed. Hiring a qualified home inspector to examine a home can help you to make an informed decision about its condition. Some homeowners also have their place inspected so they can get any defects fixed under their new home warranty before it runs out.
What Should I Expect From a Home Inspector?
Your home inspector’s role is to tell you the physical condition of the home. The inspector should walk through the home with you and point out any problems. This normally takes at least two hours. The inspector must give you a contract before the inspection and a written report afterwards. Before starting the home inspection, the inspector must give you a copy of the signed contract that includes a list of what will and won’t be inspected. This publication is intended to provide general information only and is not a substitute for legal advice. The inspector must not damage the home during the inspection unless the owner agrees in writing to allow an invasive inspection. If the inspector causes damage during the inspection and the seller has not agreed, the inspector must pay for the damage. For example, this means that the inspector usually can’t drill holes to look inside walls, ceilings, or behind tiling. An inspector can look for signs that there might be problems with a home and suggest any areas that should be examined by an expert. For example, mold and wiring behind walls usually cannot be seen directly, but there might be other signals that a trained eye would notice.