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Common Home Inspection FAQs

What is a home inspection?

A general home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by strict standards of practice that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.

A home inspector is trained to be a detective in regard to the construction and working parts of a home.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Home Inspection?

The home inspection itself usually takes about 2-3 hours, during which time the home inspector will check all of the major systems of the house. For larger homes, this process will take longer – for small homes and condos, it may only take 1-2 hours.

You should accompany the inspector during this time, to ensure that you understand any issues they may report. After the inspection is done, you may be given a copy of the inspector’s notes. Then, a complete home inspection report will be sent to you and the seller – usually within about 24-48 hour after the inspection has been completed.

Is A Home Inspection Part Of Closing Costs?

Technically, yes. The term “closing costs” can be confusing. Closing costs include every additional “cost” associated with buying a home. Real estate agents usually estimate closing costs – and their estimates typically include all special inspections like home inspections, termite and radon inspections, etc.

However, even though home inspections are part of the closing costs, they are not due at closing. The same is true of appraisals. Though they are part of the “closing costs”, you do not pay for them when you close on the home and buy it – you pay for appraisals when they are performed.

Do Home Inspectors Check Appliances?

As a rule, any appliance that is “built-in”, such as a microwave that cannot be removed, or any appliance that will be sold with the home is tested for function. However, it’s important to understand the limitations of this inspection process.

Most major appliances will simply be tested for basic functionality. For example, the inspector may turn on the oven to make sure that it heats up, or test all of the burners on a range, to ensure that they are all active, and operating properly. Or, they may check to make sure that the dishwasher turns on.

Your inspector is only concerned with general functionality – whether or not an appliance turns on, and has basic functionality. If you want a more in-depth appraisal, you will have to hire an appliance technician, which will carry an additional fee. However, this may be worth the price, particularly if the home has custom, built-in kitchen appliances which may be very costly to repair or replace.

Is A Home Inspection Required For A Mortgage?

No. Home inspections are, in many states, optional, and not required for a loan. Home appraisals, however, are mandatory. No bank or lender will give you any kind of loan without conducting an appraisal first.

If you choose not to have a home inspection, your mortgage lender is still happy to perform an appraisal, and allow you to take out your mortgage, as long as the appraisal results are good. But this is not  great idea.

Home appraisals are completely different from home inspections. Home appraisals are only concerned with the general value of the property. A home appraiser has no interest in testing the major systems of the home – such as appliances, and HVAC systems – or confirming its structural integrity. All an appraiser does is objectively look at features of the home which determine its value, such as:

  • Neighborhood and location
  • Property/lot size
  • Size of home (square footage)
  • Comparable homes
  • Number of bedrooms/bathrooms
  • Overall condition of the home

This is done in order to make sure that you are paying a proper amount for the home. If you’re trying to take out a loan for $400,000, for example, and the appraiser believes the home is only worth $250,000, the lender may refuse to give you the loan.

Home inspections, on the other hand, are conducted to ensure that the property is free of major, expensive issues, such as water damage, a leaky roof, damage to the foundation, faulty HVAC systems, plumbing problems, and so on.

Home inspectors inspect every element of the home, to ensure that it is free of issues which may cost you tens of thousands of dollars, should they need to be repaired. This gives you the chance to negotiate a lower price – or back out of the sale altogether, with a contingency clause.

A home inspection is the only way to guarantee that you are buying a house that is in good condition. An appraisal simply does not offer the same benefits. Because of this, you should never skip a home inspection. It’s simply not worth the risk.

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