If you have not gone through a home inspection before, you may have some questions about what it is for and what you get out of it. We want to help take some of the stress out of your home buying experience by giving you peace of mind about your purchase with our Home Inspection FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
What Does the Inspection Cover?
- Roof system, attic space
- Basement, crawlspace, foundation
- Building exterior, grading, drainage
- Central heating, cooling systems
- Electrical outlets, service panels
- Plumbing systems components
- Kitchen appliances
- Room-by-room analysis
- Gas leak detection
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Why Do a Home Inspection?
- Identify any major problems that should be considered prior to final contract negotiations.
- Give new homeowners first-hand knowledge about any required maintenance needs of a new home.
- Feel more secure about your decision to purchase the home.
How Long Does a Home Inspection Take?
On average, a home inspection can take approximately two to three hours. The size of the property will be a factor in how long it takes your home inspector to check all the necessary components. For example, townhouse and condominium inspections do not include common areas that are covered by the homeowners’ association (HOA). This inspection period does give you a chance to look more closely at the property yourself and ask questions during the inspection.
Do I Need to Attend the Home Inspection?
While it is not necessary for you (either as a homeowner or prospective buyer) to be present, you may find it helpful to be on hand. You can ask the home inspector questions or simply observe the areas under review. Please be sure that ALL utilities are on before you schedule an inspection.
Can Your Home Fail Inspection?
No. A thorough home inspection assesses the current condition of a home. Even brand new construction may have items that will require specific maintenance or may not be in compliance. A home inspection is completed to make sure the home buyer is well informed about the purchase they are making. If issues are identified, the inspector may note that something needs to be addressed; the homeowner will be responsible for following up on any issues.
How Do I Get Started?
Call us at 773-454-2512 to schedule an appointment or get your questions answered. You can typically get your home inspection scheduled with Chi-Town Home Inspect within a day or two and our comprehensive report will be ready for you within one to two days.