What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the home's major structure, systems and components that are visible and safely accessible. The home inspector should adhere to a standard of practice that outlines what should be covered during a general home inspection, as well as what is excluded. Some home inspectors may strictly follow these standards, while others may exceed the standards and inspect other items, or perform a more detailed inspection. Whatever the home inspector includes in his or her home inspection should be discussed prior to the home inspection - this is known as the scope of work. The home inspector should be able to provide you with a copy or online link to the standards of practice they follow. The home inspector should provide you with a written report, which may include photos and/or recommendations, of his or her findings of the home inspection.

Why should I get a home inspection?

Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it's important to get a home inspection. The home inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs, to severe damage or safety and health concerns. Additionally, most mortgage companies require a home inspection on a property before approving the home loan.

How long does a home inspection take?

Depending on the home's age, size, and location, as well as the home inspector's own work protocols and work ethic, your home inspection may take up to three hours. Adding square footage, outbuildings, and/or ancillary services (such as mold or radon testing) will increase that time. It may be necessary for your home inspector to bring in a helper for a very large property. If your general home inspection takes significantly less than two to three hours, it may indicate that the home inspector was not thorough enough.

Should I be present for the home inspection?

You should attend the home inspection, and you should reconsider hiring a home inspector who doesn't allow this. You can learn a lot by following a home inspector through the home. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home's condition, which will give insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home's maintenance, systems and components that may provide useful for the transaction.

Why Hire an InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspector®?

InterNACHI® home inspectors are trained and certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the world's largest association of residential and commercial property inspectors. InterNACHI® provides its members with accredited training and education, free benefits, expert advice, and peer support-all to help them serve their homeowner-clients with the highest-quality home inspections for their largest investments.

As an InterNACHI® Certified Professional Inspector®:

· I'm required to stay up to date with the industry's most rigorous Continuing Education through online, video and live training courses, which have been awarded more than 1,400 approvals and accreditations by governmental and other agencies; · I adhere to a comprehensive Standards of Practice to ensure that you receive a detailed and accurate home inspection.

· I abide by a strict Code of Ethics, which puts my clients first and protects their rights as consumers.

· I use state-of-the-art home inspection tools and reporting software so that my clients can make informed decisions about the homes they want to buy or sell.

My standard home inspection is an evaluation of the visible and accessible interior and exterior structure, systems and components. Your report will include my findings of any material defects I discover in an easy-to-read format. I will also provide my recommendations for monitoring, repair or replacement. And my job isn't finished until you understand everything in your report.