WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A home inspection is an objective and visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house or building, inside and out, from the foundation to roof and everything in between.
DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
Buying a home is likely your largest investment. A home inspection is an important part of home buying research, no different than driving around the neighborhood or checking out schools.
ARE INSPECTIONS NEEDED ON NEW BUILDS?
A home inspection isn't just for existing or older homes, but are valuable for new construction as well. A home inspection may alert you to the need for major repairs, builder oversights, as well as inform you of maintenance needed for the upkeep of your new home.
WHAT WILL A HOME INSPECTION COST?
The inspection fee will vary depending on the size, age, and complexity of the house and whether you wish to have additional tests done (septic, well, or radon). The cost of an inspection is very low when compared to the overall cost of the investment and the potential cost of future repairs.
CAN I PERFORM MY OWN HOME INSPECTION?
No. While a home inspection sounds simple enough, it is much more involved than following a simple checklist. A home inspector is a trained and registered professional, familiar with the elements of building construction, proper installation, and maintenance of building elements. Along with a general knowledge of building safety and environmental awareness, they are trained in how various systems are intended to function and why they fail. Your All American Home Inspections inspector is able to approach the inspection from an objective, unemotional, and unbiased point of view.
WHEN DO I CONTACT A HOME INSPECTOR?
Typically, most buyers contact a home inspector immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. However, your thoughts about home inspection should begin before then. You should be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract before signing, including any contingencies relative to radon testing. You might wish to consult with a home inspector prior to submitting your offer or the acceptance of the offer to be certain that contingency deadlines can be met by your All American Home Inspector. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
CAN A HOUSE PASS OR FAIL A HOME INSPECTION?
No. An inspection is not an appraisal of market value, nor is it a municipal inspection to verify local code compliance. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house, including its physical condition and indicating what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
CAN I GET A HOME INSPECTION IF I'M NOT BUYING OR SELLING?
Yes, you can get a home inspection at any time! Homeowners may gain additional insight into their homes and identify problems in the making before they become critical and costly repairs. You may discover issues developing that might still be covered under a warranty, or limit the costs by reducing the damage that may be caused.
ARE HOME INSPECTIONS JUST FOR HOME BUYERS?
No, sellers can benefit from a home inspection as well. A home inspection gives the owner the opportunity to make repairs that will put your home in a better selling condition. Being able to address any issues before putting your home on the market puts you in a proactive mode. It isn't just a matter of fixing issues that arise later. Some potential buyers may decide to exclude your home from consideration, even if you are willing to address concerns.
SHOULD I BE THERE FOR THE INSPECTION?
We welcome and encourage you to be present during the inspection, though we realize that may not always be possible. Our schedule is extremely flexible and we will do everything we can to accommodate your schedule. We work for you! During the home inspection, you will be able to observe our inspector and ask questions about the condition, any concerns, or future maintenance needs.