Many of my clients, especially first-time homebuyers, have been confused or intimidated by the home inspection process when they are purchasing a home. Ordering a home inspection is a simple process that provides a lot of information, so I wanted to write an article to go over some of the most common questions and my explanations.

What is a home inspection?

An objective, visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the home, from the roof to the foundation. If problems are found on various systems, appliances, or structures, the home inspector may recommend further evaluation.

When do I get a home inspection?

You will get your home inspection during your contract’s “Inspection Period”. This period is usually the first 7-15 days after the executed contract, although it is negotiable in the purchase contract. During this time, the home buyer has time for due diligence, including inspecting the home to determine if it is to their satisfaction.

How much will a home inspection cost?

The average cost of a home inspection will be around $325, although this can range from $200 for condos and small homes, to $400 or more for larger homes. Many home inspectors also offer:

What inspections will I need from my inspector?

Wind Mitigation Inspections: this is a determination of how well your home can withstand high winds and associated conditions; this can effect which insurance credits you can get depending on window type, roof age/condition, etc.

Wood-Destroying Organism Inspections: this inspection will testify to whether or not there is any evidence of past or current damage done by wood-destroying pests.

Four-Point Inspections: usually a requirement for insurance on homes over 25 year old, this inspection focuses on four main areas of the home: electrical wiring/panels, plumbing connections/fixtures, roof, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning).

The prices for these inspections should be discussed with individual inspectors as they are often rolled into the total price of the home inspection unless ordered separately.

How do I find a good home inspector?

I have compiled a list of trustworthy, thorough, and professional home inspectors to whom I refer my clients. If you have specific questions, or would like to form a relationship before scheduling an inspection on your future home, let me know and I can send you contact information.

Purchasing a home can be a stressful time, and ordering an inspection for your future home is a critical step that will provide a wealth of information moving forward. That being said, inspections are usually a smooth, cost-effective process when you are purchasing a home.