A home inspection is a very important part of the home buying process. While a home inspection doesn’t guarantee that everything will remain in good working order or serve as a home warranty, it will help to inform you whether or not everything is in good working condition at the time of the inspection.
During these examinations, an inspector comes to the property to determine if there are material physical defects and whether expensive repairs and replacements are likely to be required in the next few years.
Home inspections generally provide buyers with information about the property’s major systems including, although not limited to, heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems, foundation and structure, roof and flashing and possible environmental conditions affecting the property.
Such inspections for a single-family home often require two or three hours, and buyers should attend. This is an opportunity to examine the property’s mechanics and structure, ask questions and learn far more about the property than is possible with an informal walk-through. Expect to receive a written report from the home inspector.