Do I Need A Home Inspection?

Inspector Nation Certified Home Inspectors are licensed home inspectors that have obtained advanced education and training through professional certification programs.
The decision to purchase a home is often based on the location, size, floor plan, general appearance, and purchase price. The Seller may have made some disclosures about the current state of the home, but for the most part the offer to purchase was made on a general understanding between all parties that all parts of the home are functioning as intended.
While an individualized specialist can be hired to inspect a specialized system, the Inspector Nation Certified Home Inspector is a generalist with knowledge and understanding of all systems and components of the home and how they work together. Use the menu or scroll down to view a list of frequently asked questions to help you learn more about why you should make a call to an Inspector Nation Certified Home Inspector after your offer to purchase has been accepted.

What is A Home Inspection?

A Home Inspection is an integrated process of observation, evaluation, and report writing with the goal of providing the Client with an understanding of the home and its systems.
Q: The inspection is scheduled, what is the next step?
A: The Inspector is required to obtain a signed contract prior to conducting the inspection, most inspectors use digital signatures.
Q: Should I be present at the inspection?
A: It is a time for you to get to know the home, but the inspector will review the report with you if are not able to attend.
Q: How long will the inspection take?
A: It depends on the size and age of the home, but typically 2 to 4 hours.
Q: When will I receive the inspection report?
A: At an agreed upon date or within three business days.
Q: Who receives a copy of the report?
A: The inspection information is confidential and can only be disclosed to other parties with your permission.

Do I Need A Home Inspection?

The Home Inspector will inspect the systems and components of the house and explore how they function together, to ensure that the house you see is truly the home you are purchasing.
Q: What is included in the inspection report?
A: Systems that do not function as intended or that need further investigation by a specialist. The report also contains Board required descriptions and limitations
Q: How is the inspection report helpful?
A: The report will identify any system or component not functioning as intended and provide a clear direction to guide you toward a resolution.
Q: What actions are taken during the due diligence related to reported defects?
A: Your Broker or Agent will assist you in making a repair request, scheduling specialists and or contract negotiations. If repairs are requested, the inspector can be asked to return for a recheck.

What Should I Expect?

You have found your Dream Home and the Offer to Purchase has been accepted, so what is next? The "Due Diligence" period.
Q: What is “Due Diligence” period?
A: “Due Diligence” is the Buyer’s time-out period to investigate the property to ensure that the home is as disclosed and to prepare for closing without obligation to purchase.
Q: What should the buyer investigate during “Due Diligence”?
A: Any process to identify potential problems which may influence the decision to finalize the purchase, such as requesting pest and septic inspections, property survey, appraisal, title search, loan acquisition, and a complete home inspection.
Q: Is the Buyer responsible for scheduling or requesting the inspections?
A: Yes, however, the Real Estate Broker or your Buyer's Agent will be able to assist in this process including scheduling.
Q: Why is a Home Inspection needed, the Sellers have submitted a disclosure form?
A: Sellers are not always aware of major problems discovered by the Home Inspector.
Q: Is the Seller required to make corrections or repairs in response to the home inspection discoveries?
A: No, inspection reports are not mandatory repair lists, however, they are often the subject of contract negotiations.