Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is included in the inspection? A home inspection is a visual evaluation of the major systems of the home which includes the structure, roof, exterior, heating/cooling, plumbing, electrical, and interior in the home. During the review process, you will have a clear understanding of any maintenance items and more importantly, safety or health hazards that may be present in the home before your purchase or sale. 2. Should I attend the inspection? Absolutely, you should attend the inspection to get the most benefit. However, it's not required. 3. How do I prepare for the inspection? Notify your realtor of your scheduled inspection. Actually it is the seller's responsibility to get the home ready for the inspection. The seller should do the following to ensure you receive a complete inspection: * Have all utilities turned on (water, gas, and electric). * Have all gas appliances ready to run with pilot lights ignited. * Clear access to areas such as attics, crawl spaces, electrical panels and furnace. * Unlock areas such as storage closets, fence gates, electrical panels and crawl space hatches. * Remove all pets from property or secure them so they are not free to roam during inspection. 4. What if the inspection reveal problems? I may find things that are not readily visible or expected to the unskilled eye. That's what you want, right? No house is perfect, not even new construction. The inspection is just impartial reporting of conditions relating to the home that will give you a clear direction for what should be done about each potential problem. Each situation is different - it's up to you and your real estate agent to decide how to proceed after the inspection.
Standards of Practice (SOPs)
The purpose of the Standards of Practice is to establish a minimum standard for home inspections performed by home inspectors who subscribe to this Standard. Home inspections performed using this Standard are intended to provide the client with information about the condition of inspected systems and components at the time of the home inspection.