Last week, we had several properties having home inspections being done, all by the same inspector. We try to use the same vendors, over and over, because they consistently bring their best to the job each and every time, which is one reason why we like John. And he shares my affinity for all things Mac related, but that’s for another post.
So we kept John busy last week, and in the course of those inspections I got to thinking about the purpose of the home inspection. On the Contract we use, the home inspection clause reads:
“A home inspection for the purposes of this Contract is RESTRICTED TO DETERMINING ONLY that the plumbing (including well, well pump and septic systems, if any), heating, air conditioning (if any), electrical systems and appliances are in safe working order, there are no structural defects, and the roof is free of leaks. The home inspection and any subsequent inspections shall be at Purchaser’s expense.” It’s not a license to swing for the fences …
With that in mind, according to ProFormance Roofing website here, the inspection is a comprehensive snapshot of the major systems in a home. It usually takes 3 or 4 hours to complete, usually costs a few hundred dollars, and the result will be a thorough report detailing the good – and sometimes bad – regarding the condition of the home. If you’re a home owner, preparing to put your home on the market, you might also want to consider getting a home inspection … it’ll give you a better idea of items that can or should be addressed prior to listing your home.