What does a home inspection entail?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation.
If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.
What's included in an Edifice Home Inspection?
You will receive a detailed report outlining the condition of the home's HVAC system, interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, doors and windows; the foundation, basement and visible structure.
Why is a home inspection needed?
Purchasing a home is the single largest investment you will make.
It is important to learn as much as you can about the house before you but it, allowing you to make an informed decision about the purchase.
Home inspections can also help you avoid unexpected repairs.
Additionally our inspectors will note the positive aspects of the home and recommend maintenance steps to keep your home in good condition.
Should I attend the inspection?
While it is not necessary for you to be at the inspection, we welcome your presence and encourage you to attend.
You can ask questions of the inspector directly and you will have a better understanding of both the property and the inspection report upon it's completion.
How long does it take to complete an inspection?
While the time to complete an inspection generally depends on the size of the house, other factors such as the condition of structure can affect the duration of the inspection process. If the home has many problems, additional time may be needed for the inspector to document the issues and discuss options for repair with the buyer. On average, it takes between two to three hours to inspect a 2,500 square foot home.
I am purchasing a newly constructed house. Why do I need an inspection?
An inspection of a new property is just as important as having a resale inspected. We can identify shortcuts the contractor or builder may have taken. A certified home inspector will be able to spot tell-tale signs that might otherwise go unnoticed to an untrained eye. Inspections completed prior to dry wall installation are invaluable, allowing you to identify and fix any problems when they are more easily corrected.
What is the cost of a home inspection?
The cost of a home inspection varies based upon a number of factors, including size, age, special services requested, etc. Typically, the cost ranges between $400 and $600, although the fees can go higher. However, cost should not be a factor in deciding whether or not you get your home inspected or in determining which home inspector you choose. Rather, you should consider the home inspection as an investment that will pay for itself many times over.
Why can't I inspect the property myself?
Even the most savvy do-it-yourself-er will not have the level of training, knowledge and expertise as a professional home inspector who has looked at hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of homes in his or her career. An inspector is familiar with the complex elements of home construction and understands how the home's systems are intended to function, as well as how and why they fail. Most importantly, the inspector is a disinterested third party and totally objective about the condition of the home.
What happens if the inspection reveals problems in the home?
No house is perfect. If there are problems it doesn't mean that you shouldn't buy the house; however, if there are major problems, you may want to go back to the seller and get the problems corrected or negotiate the contract price to reflect the inspectors findings.
Can a house "fail" an inspection?
No. A home inspection is not the same as a code inspection. While the inspector will be familiar with the local building codes, the objective of an inspection is to describe the physical condition of the house and indicate what may need repair or replacement.