Purchasing a house is a huge step for many people. It is a smart move, and often a mandatory requirement by a funding source, to have the home inspected prior to purchase. This step will help the potential home buyer weed through the lemons on the housing market and become aware of issues that need attention prior to purchase.
Note: Answers to these Frequently Asked Questions are for home inspections in Hattiesburg, MS and surrounding areas.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from roof to foundation. A home inspection report or home inspection service is the equivalent of a physical examination from your doctor. When problems or symptoms of problems are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation or remedies, making the home inspection cost well worth it. Click here for a virtual home inspection.
What does a home inspection include?
A standard home inspection report summarizes findings from a visual inspection of the condition of the subject home's heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement, and the visible structures of the home.
Why do I need a home inspection?
As a buyer, you need to know and understand your investment. A home inspection summarizes the condition of a property, points out the need for major repairs and identifies areas that may need attention in the near future. Buyers and sellers depend on an accurate home inspection to maximize their knowledge of the property in order to make intelligent decisions before executing an agreement for sale or purchase.
What will it cost?
Inspection fees for a typical single family home vary by size and features of the property, and age of the home.
Do not let the cost deter you from having a home inspection or selecting an inspector you are comfortable with - knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the time and expense. The lowest-priced inspector is not necessarily a bargain. The inspector's qualifications, including experience, training, and professional affiliations, should be the most important consideration in your selection.
Can't I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. A professional home inspector has the experience, depth of knowledge and training to make an unbiased and informed report of the condition of a property. An inspector is familiar with the many elements of home construction, their proper installation and maintenance. An inspector understands how the home's systems and components are intended to function together, as well as how and why they fail and knows what to look for and is uniquely suited to interpret what their findings reveal about the condition of the property.
Most buyers find it difficult to remain objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may affect their judgment. For the most accurate information about the condition of a home, always obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an expert in the field of home inspection.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a home. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, or a municipal inspection, which verifies compliance to local codes and standards. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. A home inspection describes the physical condition of a property and indicates what may need repair or replacement.
When do I call Home Analyzers?
Before you sign the contract or purchase agreement, make your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms to which both the buyer and seller are obligated. Contact Home Analyzers immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. At Home Analyzers we are aware of the time constraints involved in purchase agreements and we are available to conduct the required inspection within a few days.
Do I have to be there?
While it is not necessary for you to be present, it is always recommended that you make time to join Home Analyzers for their visit. This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with the inspector, you will find the written report easier to understand.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. When the inspector identifies problems, it does not indicate you should not buy the house. His findings serve to educate you in advance of the purchase about the condition of the property. A seller may adjust the purchase price or contract terms if major problems are discovered during an inspection. If your budget is tight, or if you do not want to be involved in future repair work, this information will be extremely valuable.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Yes. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. From the inspection, you will have learned many things about your new home, and will want to keep that information for future reference.
How long will the Inspection take?
Most inspections take anywhere from two to three hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age and condition of the home.
Why use Home Analyzers?
Memphis-based Home Analyzers ensure a comprehensive, fair, independent and objective evaluation. The process provides an invaluable learning and discovery experience. Since the purchase of a home is one of the single most costly investments that you will make, it is also important to know what YOU are getting for your money.
Does a newly constructed home need an Inspection?
Yes. A professional inspection of a new home is important. During our inspection, potential problems can be spotted early while they are still easy to correct.
When do I receive the report?
If you attend the inspection you will receive a verbal summary at the conclusion of the inspection. Within 24 hours a written summary will be emailed to you and your realtor in .pdf format. Of course we can also provide hard copies as requested.
Will you fix the problems you find during the Inspection?
No. The code of ethics of the Mississippi Home Inspection Board and The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits licensed inspectors from performing any repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest. Our sole purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the present condition of your future home.
6068 Hwy 98, Ste 1-129
Hattiesburg, MS 39402