What can you expect during your home inspection?
scheduling the inspection
To begin, you can call me to get a free estimate and find a good time to schedule the inspection. You are more than welcome to attend, but your presence is not mandatory. Typically, your agent will need to be there to provide access to the home. My expectation is that the seller is usually not at the property.
Once the inspection is scheduled, I'll enquire with your agent to get the seller or seller's agents information. I will send them a pre-inspection checklist that will help make the inspection process faster and more effective. This will include items such as making sure the water and electric are turned on, removing furniture or stored items from water heater and furnace access, etc.
During this time, I will also reach out to you to for a signed copy of my inspection contract. This is a standard contract that outlines the scope of the home inspection as well as price details and the like. You can view my standard inspection contract online.
day of the inspection
I will arrive early with a full toolset ready to inspect the property. If weather conditions are too rough, I may call you that morning to reschedule. Depending on the type of property, the weather may not play a huge role (e.g. condo inspections may be entirely indoors). But, if it will impact the inspection, I would rather we wait a day to make sure we can get the best coverage of the property as possible.
A full home inspection usually takes around 2-3 hours on-site. The inspection will conform to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice. These standards are the definitive guide for what will and will not be covered during a home inspection. If you've elected to have any supplemental inspections performed (Radon Gas, Home Energy, etc.), those will also be conducted during this time.
As I inspect the property I will be taking detailed notes and capturing photo and video of certain aspects of the property to illustrate defects, functionality, or other information I think you will find valuable during the buying process and long afterwards as a home owner.
When the on-site inspection is complete, I will head back to my office to finish the report. I will take all of the notes, photos, and videos I captured and compose them into a finished report. I will email you this report on the same day of the inspection so you can have it and read through without having to wait in anticipation for the next day (a sample home inspection report can be found here if you'd like to see what is included). A copy of the report will also be sent to your agent. They will typically reconcile my report with that of the seller's disclosures and use the report to prepare an "Inspection Objection Report" which you may use during the negotiation process.
SHORTLY AFTER THE INSPECTION
Once you have the inspection report in your hands, one of a few things will happen. You will be satisfied with the condition of the property and proceed with with purchase. If that is the case, I wish you the best of luck with your new home!
Otherwise, you may need to work with the seller to either have them repair certain defects or provide an equivalent deduction on the purchase price to offset repairs you will need to perform later. If you have the seller perform the repairs, I highly recommend having the repairs inspected too. Chances are, the seller will be most interested in having the work done - not necessarily done right.
Finally, you may not be able to reach a deal with the seller given the state of the property. If that is the case, I will be happy to work with you again on your next inspection. I offer a discount for repeat customers.
1 Year AFTER THE INSPECTION
If the home you purchased came with any kind of home warranty, you may want to consider a warranty inspection. A warranty inspection is typically a lower cost inspection that will go through your home and let you know if there are any warranty claims you are able to make. Warranties are really only valuable if you actually get to use them, and this type of inspection goes a long way towards getting you that value!