Frequently Asked Questions About Home Inspection Reports
Home inspections are an integral part of the home buying process. As a buyer, they can help you make sound decisions, save you money in the long run, and offer more power to negotiate better. As a seller, home inspections are just as beneficial. Thorough checks enable you to see what needs fixing before you put your house on the market.
However, when it comes to home inspections, there are a ton of questions clients have. Like how does the inspection process work? What does it include? How long will it take? Unfortunately, quite often answers to these questions are difficult to come by. Leading Edge Home Inspections, LLC., wants to arm you with the most accurate information available to help you meet your goals and to do this, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about home inspection reports.
1. What items are included in the report?
A home inspection report will cover every major component of the home from the top of the roof to the bottom of the foundation. Typically, critical items are highlighted in the inspection report summary, but there are a lot of other details and great general information about the home throughout the report, so be sure to read the entire document carefully.
2. What items are not covered in a home inspection report?
While a standard home inspection is a very thorough, with a non-invasive inspection look at a home, there are items which the inspector may categorize as ‘needs further investigation’, and then there are items which are typically not included in the inspection. The report may note that the home is supplied by a well, has a septic system, has visible evidence of microbial growth, or that the electrical (or some other system) needs additional review. Some inspectors provide added testing services for additional fees, so be sure to try and provide as much information beforehand about non-typical systems that may be present. Often the inspector will provide additional testing at a reduced fee if he/she does not have to make a return trip.
3. How long will it take to get the report after the inspection?
While the time may vary in certain cases, however, professional inspectors should send the report to you within twenty-four forty-eight hours.
4. Who gets a copy of the inspection report?
Only the client (person or persons paying for the inspection) gets a copy of the inspection report from the inspector. The client may allow other parties to have a copy provided from the inspector, but in most cases, it requires written permission. The client can distribute the report to whomever they desire, but the inspector is not allowed to do the same.
5. When do I pay for the inspection report?
Payments are typically made the day of the inspection if possible.
If you have any more questions about home inspections and inspection reports, get in touch with the experts at Leading Edge Home Inspections, LLC. As the best home inspection company in Gay, WV, and Ohio, we strive to provide thorough details about a house for buyers and adequately represent a property for sellers. Whether you’re buying or selling a house, it’s the biggest financial decision you are likely to encounter. To ensure you have some peace of mind while reaching your property goals, we are always happy to offer you our services.