The major objective of the “Home Inspection” (sometimes called “Physical Inspection”) is to provide the buyer with a thorough, in-depth understanding of the property’s present condition, and what the buyer can expect in the future. In addition to reviewing defects, hazardous conditions, deferred maintenance, and repairs that may be needed, a good inspection should also point out the positive aspects of the property, allowing the buyer to make the purchase with confidence.
The typical physical inspection covers the exterior, walls, roof, plumbing and electrical systems, heating and cooling systems, outside equipment, and the the interior, including windows, kitchen appliances, and bathroom fixtures.
The physical inspection will cover the functionality, safety and liviability of the house. It is not instrusive in that walls are not opened, and systems are not disassembled. However, you will need to to make your home available for the inspection for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours. Keep in mind that inspections of larger homes, or homes with complicating factors can take 4 to 5 hours, or longer.
Often a buyer will obtain other, specific inspections at the same time as the Home Inspection. These specific inspections may include:
- Chimney inspection
- Inspection and video of sewer line
- Environmental or mold inspection
- Geological Inspection
- Other inspections may be indicated by the Home Inspection findings.
Often referred to as a “termite report”, the structural pest control inspection is conducted by a state licensed inspector. In addition to actual termite damage, the pest report will indicate any type of wood destroying organisms that may be present, including fungi (sometimes called “dry rot”), which generally results from excessive moisture.
While the constant traffic of inspections professionals in and out of your home may seem like an inconvenience, remember that the inspection process protects you as the seller by providing the buyer with as much information as possible about the property prior to the completion of the sale.
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