A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home from the roof to the basement, often in connection with the sale of that home. The process typically takes from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size and age of the home. A written report will be produced by the inspector that lists all defects found.
Buying a home?
The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind but, depending on the findings, it may have the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short period of time. Your inspection will entail a written report, including checklists and photos, and what the inspector tells you during the inspection. All of this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself can make the experience overwhelming. What should you do?
Home inspectors are professionals, and if yours is a member of InterNACHI, then you can trust that they are among the most highly trained in the industry. Most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. These are good to know about.
However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories: