Buying or selling a home can be fun, but complicated at the same time. There are so many moving parts that things can easily be forgotten. Aside from the mortgage, having a home inspection is the most important part of the buying/selling process, but it’s also the part that can be confusing to anyone. We get questions over and over again about what exactly a home inspection is, what it does for the sale of the house, if the seller can perform the inspection themselves, and much more. Here are the answers to the most common questions.

What is a home inspection? The house needs to be structurally sound and livable for the buyer. There may be issues that the seller may not even realize because it hasn’t affected their family. The purpose of the home inspection is to look at the physical structure from the foundation to the roof. The inspector is not going to start ripping apart walls to check the wiring, plumbing, or anything else. At HomeRun Certified Home Inspections, we will use tools such as a moisture meter, infrared cameras, and more to see if there are any issues behind the wall. We always use the most up-to-date technology to give you the safest report.

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What is involved in a home inspection? The inspector will give you a thorough report of what we found in the house. We will check the home’s HVAC system depending on the outside temperature, the electrical system, and plumbing inside. We will also check the walls, ceilings, windows, floors, doors, attic, roof, and insulation. In addition to that, we check the foundation of the house, basement, structural parts of the house, and more. Basically, we will go over every inch of your house looking for any issues that need to be fixed before the sale can happen.

Why is a home inspection needed? Buying a house is going to be one of, if not the biggest investments you’ll ever make. Unless you’re actively seeking a fixer-upper, your new home should be almost turnkey as soon as you sign the papers and get the keys. No one likes a surprise expense, especially after spending so much on the down payment and moving costs. The seller can also use this report to make the necessary repairs and possibly sell the home at a higher price.

Can I do the inspection myself? No, you cannot inspect the home yourself, even if you have experience. Professional home inspectors have the proper training that helps them point out everything that might be an issue. On top of that, while you may not mean to, you could overlook smaller problems because we didn’t give your family any issues. A professional inspector is unbiased about what may be in your home.

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Can an inspection fail? There is no pass or fail grade when it comes to an inspection. It’s simply a report of what may need to be fixed before the home can be sold. People often confuse an appraisal with an inspection. An appraisal is what determines if the home can be sold as it currently is and for how much.