What is a Home Inspection?
A Kight Home Inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchaser’s buying decision. The home inspector will point out problems and explain them so that you understand them. The home inspector will explain what routine maintenance is needed to keep your home in top condition. This will help you to get the most benefit from the home inspection and gain more understanding of the systems that make up your home as well as how to maintain them.
Why do I need to get a home inspection?
Because purchasing a home is one of the largest investments a person makes in their lifetime, it is important that you know precisely what you are purchasing before making the choice by obtaining a home inspection. Often homes come with a variety of immediate needs that ought to be addressed by the seller, rather than having the buyer take on the burden and obligation of these costs.
In addition to plumbing problems, aging appliances, and leaking roofs, there may be safety hazards in the home as well. To ensure that the home you are purchasing is safe for your family, a home inspection is a wise choice.
What does a typical home inspection cover?
A typical home inspection will assess all the major structural elements and systems within a home. These include heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, roof, foundation, attic, walls, doors, windows, and more. Our real estate inspectors will ensure the most thorough home inspection investigation of the property is conducted.
How long does a home inspection usually take?
Depending on the size of your home, the property inspection will typically take about 2-3 hours. For larger properties, the property inspection time may be longer.
What if a problem is discovered during the home inspection?
If a problem is detected during the home inspection, you can bring this to the attention of the seller and use it as a negotiating tool. The home inspection report may help you get a lower price, or may allow you to require the seller to fix the problem before you make the purchase.
Do newly constructed homes also need a home inspection?
Absolutely. A professional property inspection of a new home built is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where a builder may have taken shortcuts or not followed good building practices. If it is “move-in ready”, we still typically find some areas that the builder or his subcontractors overlooked. In fact, most people are surprised at the number of deficiencies that their brand-new home has. In other cases, where the home builder had done due diligence in attention to detail, with good oversight of his subcontractors, a clean home inspection report will give the client more peace of mind that they won’t have to be trying to call the home builder back several times to fix things over the next year.
Is the Home Inspector trained to do inspections in my area?
Absolutely. In addition to being extensively trained for any job, he brings years of experience to every home and property inspection.
Do I need to attend the home inspection with the inspector?
No, you are not required to be present at your home inspection – but we do encourage you to do so. Most people find that it is a valuable learning experience, and being there will help get the most benefit from the home inspection. You can observe some of what the home inspection entails and will be able to ask questions to the home inspector and he can explain maintenance tips for specific areas as well. And though our home inspection reports are written to be easily understood, and will contain photos of some of the conditions as well, we feel you’ll be able to better understand the finished home inspection report and get the most benefit from it by also having been there during the home inspection.
If you have any further questions contact us or call 210-482-9883.