Hoffman Inspections have done a great job for me on several houses. Their electronic reports are very prompt and accurate.
Hoffman did a great job! They were very thorough and helpful. I had many questions as a first time home buyer and they answered them all without making me feel stupid! Very good to work with. The report was sent back quickly and was easy to follow. Would definitely work with them again!
Very thorough and organized. Loved the electronic report and how quick I received it. These guys are very professional.
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As a buyer, you need an experienced and professional team on your side to protect your interests throughout the entire process. Your real estate agent is a key part of your team, but your home inspector is the ultimate person you turn to for advice on the home’s quality and integrity. There are a few key areas to pay particular attention in the inspection report; pools, irrigation systems, mold testing and thermal imaging. These areas can seriously affect your operational costs as well as you and your family’s health.
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Home Inspection FAQs
How Long Does A Home Inspection Take?
Having a home inspection done typically takes about two or three hours. Of course it will take longer for larger homes.
Who Pays For The Home Inspection?
The buyer usually pays for the home inspection as part of due diligence. The buyer can negotiate with the seller to include the cost of the inspection in the sellers concessions.
Is A Home Inspection Required For A Mortgage?
No, home inspections aren’t required for a loan but home appraisals are. However, it’s not a good idea to skip a home inspection. Spending a few hundred now could save you thousands in the long run.
Is A Home Inspection Part Of Closing Costs?
Yes, a home inspection is technically part of closing costs. However, the cost of the home inspection is due on the day it’s done, not at closing.
Do Home Inspectors Check Appliances?
Yes, home inspectors check major appliances but only for basic functionality.
What are the Most Common Issues Found in a Home Inspection?
A few of the most common issues found during home inspections include home wiring problems, roof issues such as leaks and worn-out shingles or tiles, inadequate insulation, plumbing problems, and defects in the heating and air conditioning systems. Poor grading and drainage of the yard is also quite common. Your home inspector will note the severity of these problems, to help you understand how serious they are.
See related article: Home Inspection Tips for Buyers
As a Seller, What Should I Do Before a Home Inspection?
Do your research and make sure you hire a certified, reputable inspector. Make sure that you schedule the inspection for a time when you can walk through the home with the inspector, so that they can tell you about their findings throughout the process, and you can ask them any questions you may have.
We’re sure your Realtor told you how important curb appeal is. Making that first impression is huge when a buyer arrives. But a different kind of curb appeal can make your home’s inspection a breeze.
- Make sure there is 4-6 inches of clearance between the siding and any landscaping materials.
- Cut back any vegetation to ensure about a foot of clearance between it and the house.
- Remove any stored items that are kept against the side of the house.
- Visually inspect the siding and trim, if you see any damage, go ahead and have it repaired beforehand.
- Repair missing caulking and trim and fix any exposed nail heads.
- Check the operation of any exterior doors, locks and deadbolts. If you see a gap, have it filled properly.
See related article: Tips for Sellers Before a Home Inspection
What Should I Do During a Home Inspection?
There is no requirement for you to be present during the inspection. However, it is highly recommended that you make the time to be there during the inspection, because you’ll be able to get a better understanding of the condition of the home, and any potential issues that may be present.
See related article: What to Do During a Home Inspection
What Issues Should the Seller Pay for?
If your home inspection report has come back with some major issues, you might want to ask the seller to fix them prior to closing the sale.
Here is a short list of items we believe are appropriate to ask a seller for.
Major Defects That Affect Your Overall Investment
- Code Violations
- Structural Defects
- Mechanical Defects
Defects That Might Impact Your Health & Well-being
- Safety-related Issues
- Detection of Mold
- Dangerous Levels of Radon
Repairs that are Expensive
- Mechanical Issues
- Issues Pests/Small Animals
See related article: What Issues Should the Seller Pay for?