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What Happens on Inspection Day?

How the Home Inspection Process Works

When you contact a Home Inspector initially, they will want to discuss the property that you are buying or selling, and determine which services you need.  The more information that you can provide the inspector with about the property, the better.
Information about:  
  • the square footage of the structure
  • age of the structure
  • number of bedrooms and bathrooms and the
  • MLS listing number is especially helpful
   This information helps the inspector to build a custom template on their home inspection software, and to get a general idea of the type of property that will be inspected. At this time, you can also discuss any special concerns that you have about the property...for example, if you have noticed any system malfunctions or structural defects in the home that need to be investigated.

Also:
  •        the inspector will discuss the fee for the services you require.        
  •        the inspector  should discuss the scope of the inspection so that you understand what it entails
  •        the inspector should offer to email, or print for you, any certifications that you may require to verify his/her qualifications
  •        the inspector may discuss the home inspection process and   any deadlines or contingencies that relate to your real estate transaction.         
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    If you decide to hire the inspector, this is the time to decide upon an appointment date and time that is convenient for you.  Be sure to schedule early, because most real estate contracts have a narrow window in which to have a home inspection performed.  Leave yourself enough time to get any contractor estimates BEFORE the contingency date in the event that a major defect is discovered during the home inspection.

Inspection Day
  
   On the day of your inspection, the inspector should arrive a few minutes early to leave time for proper introductions.  If you have any questions at that time, ask them.  The only stupid questions are those that are never asked.
  
   The inspector will present you with a Home Inspection Agreement.  This is a legal document which both you and the inspector will need to sign.

READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY!

The Home Inspection Agreement outlines:

- your legal rights regarding any litigation arising from the inspection
- which Standards of Practice the inspector follows
- optional services that are, or are not, included in the inspection

You should insist upon a signed copy of the Home Inspection Agreement for your records.  Some inspectors will supply you with a glossary of commonly-used terms that may be used in your inspection report as well. 
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Home Inspectors use several different reporting methods to prepare your Home Inspection Report. Re-affirm with your inspector which type of inspection report will be prepared for you, and whether your report will be printed and mailed to you, emailed, or both. Some inspectors are equipped to print your Home Inspection Report on site as well. Before the inspection begins, make sure that you understand what you will be getting for your money.

Payment is normally expected before a printed or emailed report will be provided for you.

  The Inspection

    Naturally, it is best if you are able to accompany the inspector as the inspection process unfolds so that you can discuss any concerns that are discovered. Carry a note pad with you and jot down questions for your inspector as you go along. If you don't understand something about the systems or components in the home, make a note so that you don't forget to have the inspector clarify it for you. 

Ask any questions that you may have or direct the inspector's  attention to anything of particular concern to you. A good home inspector will be happy to answer any and all questions that arise during the inspection.
  
   Most home inspectors will have a routine that they follow while inspecting a home, and every inspector's routine is a bit different from every other. Some begin with an inspection of the exterior of the home, some begin in the basement, and some will start with the roofing inspection.

   While you should be encouraged to ask questions, it may be best to wait until the inspector finishes the inspection of a particular area of the home before asking any questions that you have jotted down. If you engage your inspector in a long conversation about a component of the home before he finishes his inspection of say, the roof, he may be distracted and forget to thoroughly inspect the area. 
  
   Bear in mind that to my knowledge, the PERFECT HOME has not been built yet.  A home cannot "pass or fail" an inspection.  The ultimate objective of a home inspection is to provide you with a factual, unbiased report so that you can make an informed decision regarding your home sale or purchase.  
 
   If you have ordered any other services, such as mold or radon testing, the inspector should give you a time frame when those laboratory results will be available, and whether the results will be mailed, emailed or faxed to you. 


   
  



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