Q: What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structures and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. The standard home inspection report will include an evaluation of the air conditioner, heating system, interior plumbing, and electrical system. Inspection of your roof, attic, insulation, windows, doors, and other structures in the home is also included.
Q: Why do I need a home inspection?
The purchase of a home is likely the largest purchase you will ever make. You should learn as much as possible about the condition of the home and whether any major repairs are needed before you buy.
Q: Can a house fail the inspection?
No. A home inspection is an examination of the current condition of your prospective home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies code compliance.
Q: Do I need to go to the inspection?
It is recommended, but not required, that you be present during the home inspection. By following the inspector around the house, observing and asking questions, you will learn more about the condition of the home and find the written inspection report easier to understand.
Q: Should my realtor get a copy of the inspection report?
I strongly suggest that your realtor is also given a copy of the inspection report. The sooner your realtor receives a copy, the sooner you can decide whether there is a need to re-negotiate or ask the seller to fix/replace an item in the home.
Q: What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert. Unless you specifically test for it, there is no way of telling how much radon is present.
Q: What health effects are associated with radon exposure?
The Surgeon General has warned that exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. For more information about radon, please visit www.epa.gov/radon