Home Inspection – What to Expect

When you’re buying a new home, one of the most important parts of the process is the Home Inspection. This will make you aware of any problems that need to be addressed before you close on the home. The more you know, the better you’ll feel – and you’ll be prepared for repairs, maintenance and other on-going home costs going forward.

In a home inspection, the inspector executes a thorough assessment of a house and issues a report usually with photos. This is both a visual and functional inspection with the end goal of giving detailed information of possible issues with the home. What is inspected in this process that typically takes several hours?

  • Roof
  • Walls, ceilings and floors
  • Windows and doors
  • Attic and basement
  • Major appliances such as refrigerator, cooktop and oven
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC and heating system

Inspectors cannot detect the unseen like mold, asbestos or hidden pest infestations, so be aware. And, if the home has inaccessible features like a septic tank, that will not be part of the inspection, and may have to undergo a special evaluation before you close. The inspection will occur after the seller has accepted your offer, but before you actually close on the house, and can occur within a 7-10 days window before closing. The buyer pays for the inspection and it can cost upwards of $300 and is paid directly to the inspector at time of service.