Home Inspection Q & A

Frequently asked questions:

~What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a visual, non-evasive,  hands-on, thorough examination of the physical structure and systems of a house; from the roof to the foundation, followed by a detailed written report loaded with pictures.

~Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep the home in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.

If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.

If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition and give a piece of mind to the buyer.

~How much does a home inspection cost?
The home inspection fee varies depending on a number of factors--such as the size of the house, its age, optional services like infrared thermography, mold, and additional testing upon request. Also, the fee can change with the inspection of additional items like a pool and spa.  To get a home inspection quote from Leading Inspections, please call, text, or email us. 

~Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

~When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. Before placing your home on the market, determine whether you have any concerns with your home that require repairs or modifications.

~Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the home inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

~What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies a problem, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs or reduce the price of the home.

~If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need a home inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector and the written report, in addition to having that information for future reference.

~What do home inspectors inspect? What do their jobs consist of?
Home inspectors assess a home’s basic components, including the structure, exterior, roof, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, appliances and interior. Apart from conducting inspections, home inspectors spend their day preparing reports, speaking with prospective customers, and working with real estate agents.

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~How long does the home inspection take?
   

An average home inspection will take between 2 and 4 hours, depending on the size of the house. Larger and more complex houses will take longer for the inspector to completely and accurately evaluate. Another factor that may affect the inspection time is the condition of the components at the property.  If the house and appliances have not been properly maintained, the inspector may need additional time to explain to the buyer what options they have to either maintain or replace the items.

~Do you carry Errors and Omissions and General Liability insurance?  
YES, we do! Here at Leading Inspections our motto is; “A partner who puts your interest first”.  We feel by having Errors and Omissions and General liability insurance we are doing just that. With Errors and Omissions and General liability insurance, you can be rest assured that you are in great hands.

~What areas do we cover?
We cover all of  Washington County and most of Iron County.  The Cities we cover are: St. George, Washington, Hurricane, Cedar City, Santa Clara, Veyo, Dammeron Valley, Diamond Valley, Gunlock, Enterprise, Pine Valley, Central, Ivins, New Harmony, Toquerville, LaVerkin, Apple Valley, Springdale, Bloomington, Bloomington Hills, Brookside, Rockville, Saint George, Virgin, Kanab and Winchester Hills.

~What other services does Leading Inspections provide?
 
We are adding new services every year.  We are excited to say that we are getting ready to add Radon testing and wood destroying organisms  inspections in the near future.

    

      Please Email me at djsk.1088@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments. Thank you! 















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