Do I need a home inspection?

The short answer is yes. Buying a new home is an expensive investment, possibly the largest one you'll ever make. A home inspection brings more clarity to what it is that you're buying and will help to mitigate the risk involved in such a purchase.

There are many potential problems that could either go unnoticed, or could lead to bigger problems, that a home inspector is trained to uncover.

Can I inspect the home myself?

We very strongly advise against attempting to perform the property inspection yourself, for a number of reasons. Even if you do have a lot of experience with the systems of a home, it is still advised to hire a professional home inspector.

  • It's far too easy to become emotionally attached to a home. It's very important to have a subjective party perform the inspection to provide a professional, unbiased assessment.
  • A professional home inspector has been trained to look for specific issues, and is familiar with a wide variety of situations.
  • A good home inspector knows the difference between major and minor issues, and which minor issues can lead to major problems down the road.

How long does a home inspection take?

A home inspection typically takes between 2 and 4 hours, depending on the size of the home and number of issues discovered. When you request your inspection, we can give you a better idea as to how long the process will take.

May I attend the inspection?

Absolutely! While your presence is not required, we strongly encourage you to come along for the inspection. You'll have a much better idea of the condition of the home when you can see any issues first-hand.

You'll be able to benefit a lot more from the inspector's experience and expertise if you are present at the inspection. You can ask questions and receive home maintenance tips — especially helpful for first-time home buyers.

If I'm selling a house, should I get a pre-listing home inspection?

You're more likely to have a quick sale if the house has already been properly inspected. You can opt to provide potential buyers with a copy of the inspection report, or you can address any issues before listing the house for sale.

Major problems discovered during a home inspection may result in serious transaction delays. If you know about these problems ahead of time, you'll be in a better position for a smooth transaction.

Do you have questions that weren't covered here? Get in touch with us and we'll be happy to address all of your concerns.