So you have been searching for a home for awhile and finally have an accepted offer, congratulations! You are just getting started. Your next big step is to have the physical inspection/s completed for your home. As your trusted agents, we recommend and schedule licensed and trusted inspectors to complete all inspections.
Ideally, you should be present for all inspections, at least the main general inspection is a must. We suggest you become the inspector's shadow and follow him/her throughout the house. Imagine that you are test-driving a new car, only this is your time to test-drive the house. The inspector will point out details and potential problems you might not notice otherwise. This process can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs down the road.
The inspection will be a top-to-bottom review of the physical structure, as well as its mechanical and electrical systems - including roof, ceilings, walls, floors, doors and windows. The inspector will check that major appliances are functional, scrutinize the heating and air-conditioning systems and crawl up into the attic and under the crawl space of the home. During the entire inspection, the inspector will be taking notes and pictures. The inspector's role is the provide an objective opinion on what the home's condition, far removed from the emotional roller coaster you've been on during the entire home buying process.
The home inspector should have a keen eye for detail, they won't be able to detect the unseen, such as asbestos, mold, hidden pests, or other potentially hazardous substances might go unnoticed. Those sort of issues can require specialized evaluations, perhaps even a geologist or structural engineer. Additionally, the inspector doesn't necessarily determine whether the home is compliant with local building codes. The goal of the inspection is the uncover issues with the home itself.
Usually, at the end of the inspection, the inspector will recap and share photos of his/her finding. Think of this as the highlights or lowlights of the home, but relevant findings will be shared with you. Please keep in mind that all homes have issues in regards to maintenance, craftmanship, and etc. Even a newly constructed home will have some issues. The entire inspection will take 2 to 4 hours depending on the size of the home and will run $400 to $600.
We like to recommend having a camera sewer line inspection done on all single family homes as well. In our experience, this is the only way to find out about the plumbing of the home, take it from us, money well spent! In one of our last inspections, even the best homes with upgraded ABS pipes are not equipped to defend themselves against DRANO....note to all of you homeowners or future home owners to not use DRANO at all for your clogged drains. It can cause major and expensive damage!
It is our role to translate what all the findings mean from the inspection process and help you negotiate the best end result for you as our client. Happy inspecting!