Before you close on a new home you’ll undergo a home inspection. The home inspection report will cover every potential issue with the problem. It’s virtually impossible for there not to be any problems with the home and the report can look a little daunting to new home owners. While no two homes are the same, this blog will cover some typical things to expect in your home inspection report.
Post-inspection you’ll receive an inspection report. Home inspection reports will include but are not limited to a variation of the following codes:
I = Inspected. This item was inspected.
NI = Not Inspected. This item was not inspected.
NP = Not Present. This item was not accessible or locatable.
S = Safety Concern. This item poses a safety concern and should be addressed immediately.
R = General Repair. This item requires repair but is not causing immediate harm or damage.
D = Defect. This item is non-functioning and requires repair or correction by a licensed tradesman.
As a buyer, the home inspector reports to you and wants to be sure you understand everything, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. The inspector will provide information to help you understand elements in the report. They’ll also clarify their finding and let you know the severity of any issues uncovered.
The inspection process can take 3-5 hours depending on the size and scope of the property. It consists of a thorough inspection of the following areas and systems of the home:The home inspection report will cover the exterior (including grading drainage and vegetation impacting the dwelling}, roof and gutter system (including the attic), kitchen (All appliances will be inspected and operated where applicable), bathrooms, all interior rooms, basements and/or crawlspaces, plumbing system, electrical system, heating and air conditioning systems, structural and foundation system, ventilation and exhaust systems.
The last hour of the inspection is the time for you to meet the inspector at the property. They will walk you through the home discussing issues that may have come up from the inspection. They will also point out important things like the shut-off valves, panel locations, and general maintenance items like changing the air filters.
Once the inspection is complete, the buyer receives the report and decides what to do next. Depending on the findings from the report, the buyer would negotiate repairs or money for repairs, reconsider their offer, pull out of the sale completely, or just move forward with the sale as normal.
There will be some findings from the inspection so as a seller, make sure you are prepared for any outcome. There also may need to be follow up inspections from experts in certain fields. Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what to expect, come inspection day.