Answers to your home inspection questions.
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report. A home inspector is similar to a family doctor. He knows a lot about your body but he isn’t an “expert” on any one part. So if he finds something wrong, he will send you to an expert for further evaluation. A home inspector is the same way. He knows a lot about home systems but is not an expert in any one system. So if he finds a deficiency within your foundation, electrical, plumbing, roof, etc., he will direct you to seek further evaluation from an expert of the system in question.
Yes! Absolutely. Typically, an average Vista home inspection takes two to three hours to complete, and we recommend if you do not want to join in for the entire inspection, to show up 90 minutes in. Most of the inspection process is gathering information around the house but at the end is the final review which we love for buyers and agents to be present for if possible. Obviously, the larger the home; the more time the inspection will take.
A proper and comprehensive home inspection will review the accessible and visible condition of the home from the roof to foundation, which includes the following systems and areas: Structural, Roofing, Exterior of Building, Electrical, Heating, Cooling/Air Conditioning, Plumbing, Interior of Building, and Functioning Permanently Installed Kitchen Appliances.
A home inspection is not protection nor a prediction against future failures. Stuff happens! Components like air conditioners and Heat Systems can and will break down. A home inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected.
No house is perfect (even new construction). If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
The home inspection has inherent limitations in that it is restricted to a visual inspection of the property. Inspectors do not move furniture/appliances, open walls, ceilings, or damage the property during the inspection. Any discrepancies not visible during the inspection will not be included in a home inspection report.
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of the house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
For most Home Inspectors, the home inspection ends with the final report being sent to you. The only contact you will receive from them is only when you call or they need something from you. While this is not unusual, it is important to make sure that your home inspector will take and or return your call 7 days a week and be willing to help and or guide you towards finding your answer in a pleasant manner.
No. We do not perform repairs or recommend specific contractors for the work. We adhere to the principles embodied by the Code of Ethics of InterNachi. Our inspectors shall avoid conflicts of interest or activities that compromise, or appear to compromise, professional independence, objectivity, or inspection integrity. For more information, see