Why should I have a home inspection?
Your home is the largest single investment you will probably make, and you will benefit from knowing exactly what you are getting into as far as needed repair and maintenance. Most people who are emotionally attached to the buying decision and would not get a clear picture of the condition of the house. An emotionally detached (disinterested) evaluation by a professional experienced home inspector will clearly identify issues, specific maintenance concerns, safety shortfalls, and ideas about how to rectify these issues. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase. You should be provided with extensive information to feel comfortable with your new home and your buying decision.
What is a home inspection?
An inspection is an evaluation of the structure, systems, appliances, and environment by an independent , impartial professional. Home inspections require written reports. having your new home evaluated by a professional prior to close of escrow will save you headaches and add years of pleasure to your home buying experience.
What is the time frame for a home inspection?
Most home inspections take about 3-4 hours of actual inspection time. These times may vary depending on the size, age and condition of the home.
What gets inspected when I have a professional home inspection?
A thorough inspection covers everything from the roof to the foundation. Obviously, only visible items can be inspected; items that are within the walls could not be included in the evaluation of the property. Items inspected include but are not limited to ...
Roof & flashing
Siding & trim
Driveways & walks
Windows & doors
.... and more.
When do I schedule an inspector?
The best time to schedule is immediately after the buyer has the house under contract. This also assures the house will not be under contract while the inspection is conducted.
Whom should I call?
A professionally trained home inspector who has been certified by a governing body like the International Code Council (ICC) and/or the Georgia Association of Home Inspectors (GAHI), preferably a home inspector with many years' experience.
Should the inspector be licensed?
Yes, Georgia simply requires a home inspector to have a business license. Be sure to ask questions carefully regarding certifications, experience, and ongoing education.
How is the home inspection industry regulated?
Presently the inspection industry is self regulating. The Georgia Association of Home Inspectors,(GAHI), the only association that requires International Code Councle (ICC) code certification before becoming a full member, has a standard of practice, and a code of ethics for all "certified" full members.
What should I ask when I interview a home inspector?
What kind of experience do you have?
Look for a home inspector that has been inspecting homes for quite some time. Previour background to home inspecting is also important. Many inspectors come from another discipline like plumbing or framing. This is good if you want only the plumbing or framing inspected.
How Long does an inspection take?
A typical inspection will take from 3-4 hours. Report documentation takes another 1-2 hours.
Ask if the home inspector plans to meet with you to review the report?
This service is crucial to understanding your report and is an important part of any professional home inspection.
What kind of report will I receive?
Check list type reports are usually incomplete, difficult to read, and are limited to the amount of information they can present. Look for a computer-generated narrative report customized to your home.
What happens if the inspector honestly misses something?
Most all inspectors provide an agreement form that makes it clear that the inspector could possibly miss something while he is inspecting. The inspection is not an insurance policy or a warranty. This makes hiring a competent, ethical inspector quite important.
How much does the home inspection cost?
This generally is the first question asked, but tells the least about the inspector/inspection. Fees are generally based according to size, age and various other components of the home. A quality inspection backed by a company that has been in business a long time, with a reputation for standing behind their work sometimes requires a higher investment. The expense is minimal compared to the overall cost of your home Rest assured you will avoid headaches later on down the line.
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