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What is a home inspection and what does it include?
A home inspection consists of a visual inspection of all the major components of a home. Items included in the inspection are structural components, roofing, roof and foundation ventilation, insulation, central air conditioning, heating, plumbing system, electrical systems, exterior, garage, interiors, venting systems, built-in kitchen appliances, and recall alert information.
Why is a home inspection important?
A home is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. Therefore, ensuring that investment meets your expectations and is safe for you and your family are very important factors to consider. Having a home inspected provides all of the facts about the condition of the home, allowing you to hold all the information you need to make the best decision possible for you and your family.
Am I required to attend the inspection?
No, you are not required to attend the inspection. However, it is recommended that you do attend the review. Seeing what the inspector sees and going over the detailed inspection report with your inspector will allow you to have a better understanding of the report findings.
However, if you are not available to attend, a telephone review is the next best option. This still allows you to discuss the report findings with the inspector and understand what the inspector concluded.
How much does a home inspection cost?
The fee for a home inspection does vary per home and client needs. Many factors are considered when pricing a home inspection such as age of the home, size of the home, foundation type, specialty inspections needed, additional services requested, etc.
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Is the seller required to fix all of the problems identified in the inspection report?
No, the seller is not required to fix any problems identified. The purpose of the inspection is simply to inform you of the condition of the property. If problems are found, use this information to negotiate with the seller. In most cases, a mutual decision regarding problems can be reached between the buyer and seller.
Will the inspector provide a written report of the inspection findings?
Yes! Once the inspection is complete, a typed detailed report will be provided to you via email within 24 hours unless your inspector requests an extension from you.
If I am selling my house, should I have a home inspection completed?
Yes. When you choose to sell your home, one of the largest concerns will be “How do I sell my home faster and for more money?” Having a pre-listing home inspection will show you just how to do this! Having the facts about your home, receiving discounts, being pro-active, and using the inspection report as negotiation power will instantly give you the advantage!
Should the utilities be turned on for an inspection?
Yes! All utilities are required to be on for your inspection. This is very important because a thorough inspection includes electrical, plumbing, and gas components. If the utilities are not on at the time of the inspection those components cannot be inspected. Thus, resulting in additional fees for the inspector to return.
Can a home fail an inspection?
No. Your inspection report will simply provide a list of all current conditions that exist with the property. The purpose of the inspection is to provide the facts of the home and to indicate what may need to be repaired or replaced, not issue a “pass” or “fail”.
How do I prepare my house for a home inspection?
1. Make sure the inspector has access, not only to the house, but also to the furnace, water heater and air- conditioning units (especially in closets, attics and crawlspaces).
2. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service, panels, water heaters, etc.
3. Check to see that the water heater, utility panel and shutoffs and resets for ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) within are accessible.
4. Unlock areas the inspector must access, such as attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawlspaces.
5. Ensure that all utility services are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
6. Tell your agent about any pets at home. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured. Please contact inspection company about any specific instructions. Please keep in mind that doors, windows, and access points in and out of home will be tested.
7. Replace burned-out bulbs to avoid a “light did not operate” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
8. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation. These may be cited as conditions conducive to wood-destroying insects.
9. Trim tree limbs to 10 feet from the roof and shrubs to 1 foot from the house to allow access.
10. Attend to broken or missing items such as doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes, screens and locks, and gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.
Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property, and will expedite your closing.
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Here at Inspect It Like A Girl®, we understand that a home is one of the largest investments you will ever have. Purchasing, selling, and/or remodeling a home can be stressful and time-consuming. When people in the Jackson Metro area hire Inspect It Like A Girl® as their home inspector, they know that they are getting an inspector they can trust to do the job right and give them the information they need.
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