HOME INSPECTION PROCESS
1 Executed Contract & Inspection Period
The contract for purchase will most likely contain provisions allowing buyer to complete various inspections of the property. The main purpose of the inspection is to determine the physical and mechanical condition of the property. Typically, most property inspections do not provide any guarantees of the condition of property, but in most cases they will provide valuable information about the property that may not be readily visible or aware to either prospective buyer or the home seller. Most contracts typically provide a cancellation or withdrawal clause if the inspection reports are not satisfactory to the prospective buyer.
2 Comprehensive Inspection
The comprehensive inspection is usually completed by a Licensed Home Inspector. It may be helpful if the home inspector is also a Licensed General Contractor as well, but this would not be a requirement. The inspection report will provide an overall assessment of the property in its present condition. The home inspection typically covers items such as: electrical, plumbing, central air system, central heating system, water heater, appliances, windows & doors, paint, flooring, exterior siding, sprinkler system and other visible features of the property. This is a general inspection and may sometimes recommend additional inspections by specific trades such as a roof inspection, termite inspection, or pool / spa inspections.
3 Roof Inspection
The roof inspection is typically completed by a Licensed Roofing Contractor, but may also be completed by a Licensed Home Inspector. This inspection report will cover all areas of the roofing system and may also include a sketch or diagram of roof system and identify any areas that are in need of repair or replacement. This roof inspection report may also include an estimated life of roof before replacement would be recommended and the cost estimate to complete.
4 Termite Inspection
The Termite Inspection is conducted by a Licensed Termite Company Inspector. This termite inspection will indicate if any type of wood destroying organisms are currently present on property, including any wood rot fungi noted. In addition to the actual termite damage noted, this termite inspection report may also include a cost estimate to complete the necessary treatment or repairs.
5 Other Inspection Items
If the conditions warrant, the Licensed Home Inspector may recommend a Structural Inspection Report. This report would identify any structural failures and would also detail recommended repairs to correct.
6 Who Pays For The Inspections?
Typically, the inspections are paid for by the Buyer
7 Who Completes Repairs, If Necessary?
The purchase contract will specify who is responsible for the cost of the inspections and who is responsible for the repairs to correct, if necessary.