Home Inspection FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspections
Here are the answers to some of the questions that I am are most frequently asked. If your questions aren’t answered on this website, contact us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions
When Should I Schedule My Home Inspection?
Home Buyers – Typically, you should schedule your home inspection as soon as you have a signed agreement. Home Sellers – When you get your home inspection depends on how you plan on using your pre-listing inspection report. If you plan on fixing any defects which may be uncovered, be sure to allow enough time to have the fixes completed.
Should I Attend My Home Inspection?
By all means, yes. Although not required, attending your home inspection can be a valuable learning experience. You will gain a wealth of information about your new home and how the systems in the property work. In addition, you’ll have the ability to ask any questions you may have about the property and get some tips on what maintenance will need to be done.
What Do You Look For During a Home Inspection?
As far as the real estate transaction is concerned, I am looking for “Material Defects”.
Regarding home inspections, Pennsylvania Law defines a “Material Defect” as follows: “A problem with a residential real property or any portion of it that would have a significant adverse impact on the value of the property or that involves an unreasonable risk to people on the property.
The fact that a structural element, system or subsystem is near, at or beyond the end of its normal useful life is not, by itself, a Material Defect.” I interpret that to mean, if it is expensive to fix, around $500 or more for most homes, or it is a safety issue no matter what the cost, it is a material defect. However that is just the beginning. Attend your inspection and you will learn:
- The age of the critical systems in your new home.
- Approximate life expectancies, when you should budget for replacement of things like the roof, heater and water heater.
- How to safely operate and maintain your home and protect your investment.
- In addition, I will provide tips on how you may be able to improve on your new homes efficiency and answer any questions you may have. As an added service to my clients, I am available for future phone consultations for as long as you own your home, free of charge.
What Does a Home Inspection Include?
In addition to uncovering and documenting material defects:
- I inspect and describe the roof, siding, structure, heating and cooling systems, plumbing system, electrical system, windows, doors, kitchens, bathrooms and garages. I will visually inspect virtually every accessible nook and cranny of the house, both inside and out.
- We will talk about maintenance and things that you may need to budget for in the future.
- We will discuss possible upgrades that that may improve efficiency and comfort.
- I will answer any questions you may have about the house.
Do You Get On The Roof?
Yes, assuming it is safe. I will not walk on a slate or wood shake roof. However, I will climb a ladder and view the roof from the lower edge as well as with binoculars.