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Here are a few more of the commonly asked questions and answers:

What Is An Inspection?
What Does An Inspection Include?
When Do I Request An Inspector?
Can a Building “FAIL” The Inspection?
What If The Report Reveals Problems?
If The Report Is Favorable, Did I Really Need An Inspection?
Can I Inspect The Building Myself ?
What Will The Inspection Cost?
Should I Attend The Inspection?
How Do I Find A “Qualified” Inspector?

What if I think the inspector missed something?

 

What Is An Inspection?

An inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home, unit or commercial building, you should have it thoroughly inspected before the final purchase by an experienced and impartial professional inspector. (-TOP-)

 

What Does An Inspection Include?

A complete inspection includes a visual examination of the building from top to bottom. The inspector evaluates and reports the condition of the structure, roof, foundation, drainage, heating & cooling system, visible insulation, walls, windows, doors and polls/spas. We operate each and every major system in the property by normal operating controls. Clearly, only those items that are functional, visible and accessible by normal means at the time of the inspection are included in the report. (-TOP-)

 

When Do I Request An Inspector?

The best time to consult the inspector is right after you have made an offer on your new building. The real estate contract usually allows for a grace period in order for you to inspect the building. Ask your real estate agent to include this inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase subject to the receipt of a satisfactory report. (-TOP-)

 

Can a Building “FAIL” The Inspection?

No. A professional inspection is simply an examination of the current condition of your prospective real estate purchase. An inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a building, but will simply describe its condition at the time of the inspection and indicate which items will be in need of minor or major repairs, monitoring or replacement. (-TOP-)

 

What If The Report Reveals Problems?

If the inspector finds problems in a building, it does not necessarily mean you should not buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to make repairs because of significant problems discovered by the inspector. If your budget is tight, or if you do not wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the property for you. Ultimately, the choice is yours. (-TOP-)

 

If The Report Is Favorable, Did I Really Need An Inspection?

Definitely! Now you can complete your purchase with peace of mind about the condition of the property and its equipment and systems. You may have learned a few things about your property from the inspection report, and will want to keep that information for your future reference. Above all, you can rest assured that you are making a well-informed purchase decision and that you will be able to enjoy or occupy your new home or building the way you want. (-TOP-)

 

Why Do I Need An Inspection?

The purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect --- both indoors and out -- in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident. The inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.

As a seller, if you have owned your building for a period of time, an inspection can identify potential problems in the sale of your building and can recommend preventive measures which might avoid future liability and expensive repairs. (-TOP-)

 

Can I Inspect The Building Myself?

Even the most experienced building or home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional inspector who has inspected hundreds, and perhaps thousands of homes and buildings in their career. An inspector is equally familiar with the critical elements of construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and interrelationships of these elements. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the building they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment. (-TOP-)

 

What Will The Inspection Cost?

The inspection fee for a typical single-family house or commercial building varies geographically, as does the cost of housing, similarly, within a geographic area the inspection fees charged by different inspection services may vary depending upon the size of the building, particular features of the building, age, type of structure, etc. However, the cost should not be a factor in the decision whether or not to have a physical inspection. You might save many times the cost of the inspection if you are able to have the seller perform repairs based on significant problems revealed by the inspector.

It is very rare that I visit a property that can be thoroughly inspected in less than two hours. Written reports that answers your specific concerns are delivered on site upon completion of the inspection. These type of reports start at around $250. (-TOP-)

 

Should I Attend The Inspection?

It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is a very good idea. By following the inspector through the inspection, observing and asking questions, you will learn about the new building and get some tips on general maintenance.....Information that will be of great help to you after you’ve taken ownership. (-TOP-)

 

How Do I Find A “Qualified” Inspector?

There are several ways of choosing an inspector for your new property. Personal contacts, either from prior inspections or from a friend, relative, or business acquaintance who has had a recent inspection is an excellent method. Another alternative is to ask your real estate agent/broker who he or she would recommend. Most inspection services promote their business with brochures through the real estate offices and are members of major industry trade groups.(-TOP-)

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