WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTOR DO AND HOW DOES AN INSPECTION FIGURE INTO
THE PURCHASE OF A HOME?
An inspector checks the safety of your potential new home. Home inspectors
focus especially on the structure, construction, and mechanical systems of the house and will make you aware of any repairs
that are needed.
The inspector does not evaluate whether or not you're getting good value for
your money. Generally, an inspector checks (and gives prices for repairs on): the electrical system, plumbing and waste disposal,
the water heater, insulation and ventilation, the HVAC system, water source and quality, the potential presence of pests,
the foundation, doors, windows, ceilings, walls, floors, and roof. Be sure to hire a home inspector that is qualified and
It's a good idea to have an inspection before you sign a written offer since,
once the deal is closed, you've bought the house "as is." Or, you may want to include an inspection clause in the offer when
negotiating for a home. An inspection clause gives you an "out" on buying the house if serious problems are found, or gives
you the ability to renegotiate the purchase price if repairs are needed. An inspection clause can also specify that the seller
must fix the problem(s) before you purchase the house.
DO I NEED TO BE THERE FOR THE INSPECTION?
It's not required, but it's a good idea. Following the inspection, the home
inspector will be able to answer questions about the report and any problem areas. This is also an opportunity to hear an
objective opinion on the home you'd like to purchase and it is a good time to ask general maintenance questions.
ARE OTHER TYPES OF INSPECTIONS REQUIRED?
If your home inspector discovers a serious problem, another more specific
inspection may be recommended. It's a good idea to consider having your home inspected for the presence of a variety of health-related
risks like radon gas, asbestos, or possible problems with the water or waste disposal system.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY FAMILY FROM LEAD IN THE HOME?
If the house you're considering was built before 1978 and you have children
under the age of seven, you will want to have an inspection for lead-based paint. It's important to know that lead flakes
from paint can be present in both the home and in the soil surrounding the house. The problem can be fixed temporarily by
repairing damaged paint surfaces or planting grass over effected soil. Hiring a lead abatement contractor to remove paint
chips and seal damaged areas will fix the problem permanently.