Building Inspections: What You Need To Know

Many people are nervous when it comes to having their home inspected, but a building inspection is nothing to worry about if you know how to prepare.

Most people get a building inspection when buying or selling a house. For the buyer, they want to make sure that there’s no unforeseen or major issues in the home. For the seller, they want to convince the buyer that their home is a good deal with no major issues.

A home inspection generally takes at least two hours, with some larger homes requiring an inspection of up to five hours. The things that the building inspector will check for can vary by home, region, and age of the house, but generally a home inspector will follow some sort of common checklist and inspect every crucial area of the house.

When you receive your report back you may feel overwhelmed initially, as there are generally MANY things listed on the report, but 95% of them will be small things that don’t require fixing. The inspector will be as thorough as possible, as he needs to be sure he doesn’t miss anything that a home buyer will later find on their own.

When looking through the report, focus on serious and important issues first. These are issues that a home buyer will almost always require to be fixed before they will consider purchasing your house.

It’s important to remember that there is no perfect report out there. Every home is going to have issues, even homes that are less than 10 years old. No home builders does things perfectly, and the natural aging process of materials will often cause minor, or even serious issues.

Some of the most common things checked in a home inspection include:

  • The Foundation
  • The HVAC system
  • Your Roof
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Insulation
  • Electrical System and Breaker Box

When an inspector begins the inspection on the home they will generally require you to leave. One of the most important steps you can take before an inspection is to make sure your home is clean. The inspector is there to perform a job, so digging through a mess in order to find what they are looking for will only slow them down and frustrate them. The more complete and thorough the can be in their report, the better off you’ll be. If the inspector can’t get to portions of the house he will often label them as high risk or fail them altogether.

Hopefully this sheds some light on a common home inspection! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns!

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