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Q. What exactly is a home inspection?
A. A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe the physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repairs or replacement.
Millard Home Inspections performs professional home inspections that exceed the InterNACHI "standards of practice" and the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) "standards of practice". The inspector will perform a complete and through inspection utilizing the most advanced inspecting equipment. The inspection will take approximately 3 hours. Our thorough home inspection reports will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.
Our focus is to ensure proper installation, functionality, safety and if any repairs or replacements need to be made.
Q. What if I have questions after the inspection takes place?
A. We encourage you to ask all the questions you want at the inspection. However, should you have additional questions or concerns after the inspection, please feel free to call or email. Some clients call with specific and general questions well after the inspection takes place. The inspector is also available for a complete phone consultation to go over your report in detail if you are unable to attend the inspection. We believe client support during the inspection and beyond is essential to providing you with the best possible service.
Q. What is a Pre-Inspection Agreement?
A. A Pre-Inspection Agreement is a document that describes the inspection process and payment terms, this document will need to be signed or accepted at the time of inspection by the client paying for the inspection of the property. If you will not be attending the inspection, we ask that the Pre-Inspection Agreement be accepted and signed prior to the date of the inspection. An email of the Pre-Inspection Agreement will be sent to you after scheduling your inspection; Agreement must be accepted and retuned. If needed we can also fax the agreement to be signed and returned prior to the inspection date.
Q. Why do I need a home inspection?
A. Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you will 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 oversight, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it 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're 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.
Q. Can I perform the home inspection myself?
A. As trained, experienced and qualified professional home inspectors, we are familiar with the elements of: home construction, building materials, proper installation, construction history, safety and maintenance. We are well-versed in how the home’s many systems are intended to function together, and what steps to take if there is a system failure. In addition, it is very difficult for even the most experienced home buyer or owner to remain completely objective in regards to their home. We offer you impartiality and a valuable third-party opinion to help objectively identify problems, needed repairs and to evaluate the overall home condition.
Q. Can a house fail a home inspection?
A. A home inspection is not a pass/fail exam. It is different even from a home appraisal, as a home inspection does not assess the dollar value of a home. A home inspection is designed to assess the home’s complete condition as well as the need for repairs or replacements. Therefore, there is no pass or fail.
Q. When should I call a home inspector?
A. In most real estate cases, a home inspector is called after the purchase agreement has been signed. It is important for potential home buyers to ensure that there is an inspection clause in the contract that makes the final purchase contingent upon the results of the professional home inspection.
Q. Should I be there during the inspection?
A. It’s not required, but it is highly recommended. Throughout the inspection, you will be able to ask questions and you will learn about the condition of your home and the best ways to maintain it. Never pass up this opportunity to see your prospective home through the eyes of a professional.
Q. What if the inspection identifies problems with my home?
A. No house is without at least some flaws. When problems are identified it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house. It just allows you to know in advance what to expect. If you are on a tight budget, or you do not want to incur immediate repair work, this information will be important to you. Often the buyers and sellers will work together to negotiate repairs or to adjust the asking price.
Q. The inspector determined that the home was in good condition. Did I really need an inspection?
A. Just as you regularly service your car, go to the doctor and have dental checkups, a house is in need of regular maintenance. If your home is revealed to be in good condition, this will give you peace of mind. If you are considering purchasing a home, you can now do so with confidence. If you are the current homeowner, you now know that your home is well-maintained and no costly problems are lurking around the corner.
Q. During the home inspection, several areas were found to need maintenance. Do you offer a repair service?
A. No. This is a conflict of interest that could compromise the impartial, unbiased inspection. In addition, the American Society of Home Inspectors’ code of ethics expressly prohibits its members from soliciting repair work on properties inspected. The ASHI code of ethics is designed to make sure the inspector has the client’s best interests in mind and not their own.
Q. Does a home inspector carry insurance?
A. Yes, at Millard Home Inspections we carry general liability, errors and omissions and agent/broker referral indemnity insurance.