What to Expect
Having an inspection is an important part of any home purchase. The information it provides is invaluable to the home buyer and could save the buyer thousands in unexpected repairs.
For sellers, a pre-listing inspection can insure a smoother transaction unimpeded by conditions discovered later in the process, which could jeopardize the sales agreement. Investors use the information from the inspection report to help determine many things, including out-of-pocket repair costs when purchasing potentially neglected and/or bank owned properties.
Without question a professional home inspection report is a valuable asset for anyone seeking an objective evaluation of a home's current condition.
Here are a few items to help potential clients better understand the home inspection process.
- An appraisal is not a home inspection. Appraisers assess the value of a particular property. While they may evaluate some components within the home, they do not provide an in-depth inspection of the entire home like a home inspector does.
- An inspection is not a guarantee or warranty. It is an objective evaluation of the home's current condition at the time of inspection, a detailed snap shot. Your inspector may indicate general life expectancies of appliances installed within the home; however this will not guarantee their functionality beyond the inspection date.
- The average home inspection takes about two hours depending on square footage and age. Larger and older homes naturally take longer to inspect. Complete reports are typically available the same day via e-mail. Larger and older homes often require longer report writing times and reports are made available as soon as possible, usually still within 24 hrs.
- If the home is bank owned, such as a foreclosure, it is essential to insure the utilities are all turned on by the inspection date. Without all the utilities – water, gas, and electricity – a complete evaluation is not possible. Return visits due to lack of utilities may incur additional charges. Contact your agent for questions regarding the utilities’ status.
- When the home to be inspected is occupied, it is important that the service panel, water heater, furnace, and attic/crawlspace hatches are accessible. Inspectors will not move furniture or other personal items blocking or limiting access to these areas. Inaccessibility to such areas may result in an incomplete inspection and could incur return visits charges.
Anthem takes pride in producing a quality report for all of our inspections. We always offer post inspection consultations. It is important to us that you understand your report.. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about our offered services or your completed reports.
Thank you for the opprotunity to be a part of your home investment process.