It is to your advantage to learn as much about the condition of the house, town house or condominium before the purchase. A qualified home inspector is trained to assess the overall condition of the house and provide you with a detailed report pointing out the positive aspects of the dwelling, as well as the needed corrections.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I have a Home Inspection before buying?
Would it benefit a seller to have a home inspection?
A professional home inspection is valuable to home sellers as well. By getting an inspection done before a seller puts their home on the market, the seller can be better prepared to address and correct items that could bring more profit to the sale of their home.
What does a Home Inspector do?
As an inspector, I provide my customers with a detailed, unbiased evaluation of the house from the foundation to the roof. It is very easy for you, the buyer, to overlook a potentially expensive problem during the excitement of buying and making plans to move in.
Thus the need for a qualified inspector to evaluate the structure, electrical and mechanical systems. Items that need replacement or repair will be noted. The estimated life of mechanical systems will be noted as well as the estimated average replacement cost. I also note the good features of the house . I give my customers tips on maintenance that can increase the life of the items in the house.
Do I get a written report on the condition of the house?
Yes, I will provide you, the customer, with a computer generated report detailing everything inspected.
At the conclusion of the inspection you will be given the opportunity to review the written report. This will give both you and the inspector time to address any concerns before leaving the house. Remember, the inspector is working for you, the buyer, so don't hesitate to ask questions. A good inspector will be happy to address them.
Should I accompany the Inspector during the Inspection process?
As a professional home inspector, I encourage my customers to accompany me throughout the inspection. Of course, you may not choose to go through the attic or enter the crawl space under the house. Accompanying the inspector provides a great opportunity to address questions. It also affords me the opportunity to cover items not in the report. For example, how to re-finish hardwood floors.
How long does the Inspection take?
The average inspection generally requires from 2½ to 4 hours. The time required depends, in part, on the size of the house. For example, a two-bedroom bungalow would normally not require as much time as an eighty year old four bedroom farmhouse. Another factor are the questions asked by the customer. I always attempt to answer any and all questions.
How much does the inspection cost?
The cost for a home inspection is based on the size, type of dwelling and selling price. Please see list below. Payment is required at the time of inspection.
|Up to 2000sq. ft.||$350.00|
|2001 to 2500sq. ft.||$375.00|
|2501 to 3000sq. ft.||$400.00|
|Over 3000sq. ft.||CALL|
Is the Inspection Report accepted by FHA, VA and Maryland Bond?
Yes, as a qualified professional home inspector, the report I provide to you meets the requirements of these lending institutions.
Is a Home Inspection and an Appraisal the same thing?
No, a home inspection evaluates the condition of the structure and systems within that structure. An appraisal determines the fair market value of the structure based on size, location, and recent sales of like structures in a geographical area.