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Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

At long last, after months, maybe even a year of house hunting, you’ve fallen in love with a home. The layout is ideal, the location is perfect, and the neighborhood is inviting. But, is it too good to be true? A thorough home inspection by a licensed professional will alert you to any potential issues and help ensure that your love for the home is lasting. The American Society of Home Inspectors provides answers to frequently asked questions about home inspections.

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. On average, a single-family home inspection usually takes 2-4 hours to complete, though this is dependent on the size and condition of the home. After the inspection process, the inspector will send the client an inspection report that covers their findings, complete with pictures, analysis and recommendations.

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 system; electrical system; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; and the foundation, basement and structural components. There may be some exceptions. If certain areas are inaccessible or unsafe conditions exist, the inspector will explain the situation and note that they were not able to assess that specific area or system.

Why do homebuyers need a home inspection? To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, homebuyers should strive to learn as much as they can about the house before they 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. Through the home inspection process, homebuyers will have a better understanding about their prospective house, which will allow them to make decisions with confidence.

Do the homebuyers have to be there? It is not required; however, ASHI recommends attending so the homebuyer can receive the most value from their inspection. This allows homebuyers to observe the inspector and ask questions throughout the process. Many homebuyers find that talking with their inspectors gives them a better understanding of the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

Can a house fail a home inspection? A home inspector 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. 

What if the inspection report reveals problems? No house is perfect. The home inspector's goal is to leave their clients with a deeper understanding of their prospective home, so the client can make a sound decision as they continue the home buying process. The inspector's role is not to tell the clients if they should buy the house or not, but to help them understand the full cost of ownership. If major problems are found, homebuyers may wish to negotiate with the seller to make repairs or cover their costs.

Visit https://www.homeinspector.org/Buyers-And-Owners/Homebuyers-Guide/FAQs-about-Home-Inspection to read the full article.

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