What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
What does a home inspection include?
The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
Why can’t I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted when a purchase offer has been accepted, not after signing any agreement. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.
Why should I have a pre-listing inspection performed?
Sellers are quite often surprised to find out negative issues coming from a buyer’s inspection. Sellers then find themselves forced to re-negotiate the sale of their home for any noted defects. Having a sellers Pre-listing inspection performed by a license property inspector allows sellers to know of these items prior to listing their home. This will allow sellers the opportunity to correct any of the defects or obtain estimates for essential repairs uncovered during pre-listing Inspection. This allows the buyer to have a leg up on needed repairs they need to address. They’ll even know who to contact and how much it will cost. That’s a win-win-win for (Seller, Buyer, Realtor)
What sets Horizon apart from other Home Inspection Services?
All property inspections include computer generated digital reports with photos and illustration of defects. Inspection reports also includes aerial drone photos. In addition, Horizon offers a follow up walk-through inspection prior to closing. We strive to stay with you throughout the whole process, and for the future to come.