What are Home Inspections for Buyers?
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) defines a home inspection as “an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.”
Buying a home may be one of the largest purchases of your life, and a home inspection will educate you about the condition of your newly built or previously owned home. The home inspection is a common and wise part of the purchasing process; it also provides you an opportunity to examine the home with a professional. Accompany the inspector during the inspection to learn about needed repairs, construction oversights, and maintenance tips. Don’t be afraid to ask the inspector questions about the house, no matter how basic they may seem.
A home inspection is not an appraisal (which determines the value of the property) or a municipal inspection (which verifies compliance with local building codes). Therefore, a house does not pass or fail an inspection, rather it receives an independent assessment of its current condition. Like other parts of life, houses have strengths and weaknesses. Inspectors know that things aren’t always what they seem and act in your interest to find major and minor deficiencies. They will issue a report clearly describing current and potential problems with recommendations for repairs and maintenance.