Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT EXACTLY IS A HOME INSPECTION?
A standard home inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residential building, much like a physical exam that your doctor may perform on you.
However, it should be clearly understood that a home inspection is not to be confused with an appraisal, warranty evaluation, building code inspection, a guarantee of any kind, and/or an insurance policy on the condition of the property.
What does a standard Home Inspection Include?
What happens when a home inspector fails to uncover an existing problem? In most cases, nothing. A-Pro believes that a home inspection should be more than an opinion. Our Free 120-day “if we don’t report it, we repair it” guarantee puts the burden on us, and protects you from covered unexpected repairs.
Why is a Home Inspection so important?
The purchase of a home is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. With that in mind, it is extremely important that you learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the possible need for any major repairs before making the purchase. A home inspection by a “CHI”® Certified home inspector helps minimize the possibility of unpleasant surprises, unexpected costs, and post-purchase headaches.
It’s important to remember that a reputable home inspection company will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the home inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, giving you confidence and peace of mind.
What’s more, a home inspection is not just for new home buyers. For existing homeowners, a home inspection may be considered in order to identify problems in the making and to learn important preventive measures to avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you also may wish to have a home inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer’s home inspection, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
How much does a Home Inspection typically cost?
The fee for a typical one-family home inspection varies geographically, much like the cost of the property itself. Other cost factors include the size and features of the house, its age, and additional considerations such as optional testing. It’s always a good idea to compare prices from several different home inspection services in your area, paying close attention to exactly what is included in the price. When comparing inspection services, it’s important to remember that the lowest-priced inspection companies are usually not the best choice.
Keep in mind, most home inspection companies do the bare minimum when it comes to what they inspect. The bare minimum meaning what’s required by the State. So, ask the inspector questions; for example, do you inspect the foundation; if so, how?
Remember, the best inspectors perform a foundation level survey to determine the levelness of the house. Next, check the home inspection professional’s qualifications, including his experience, training, professional affiliations, and most importantly his licensing status and professional certifications; make sure he/she is “CHI” certified when making your decision.
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