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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?

A home inspection is an objective examination of the structures of a property, from the foundation up to the roof. A home inspection can take on average around two to four hours to fully complete, but this can be depended on the size and condition of the property.

WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?

The standard home inspection will include the foundation, basement, structural components, the attic and insulation, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, and floors. The home's systems that inspected include the heating system, central air conditioning system, plumbing and electrical system. The exterior, windows, grading and drainage, roof, gutters, chimney, and other external features are also included in your home inspection. First Due Home Inspection also provides mold and indoor air quality testing, and radon testing services. Reach out to us today to find out more about these services.

WHY DO HOMEBUYERS NEED AN INSPECTION?

One of the biggest investments you will make is purchasing a home. Home inspections help to minimize any unpleasant surprises and unexpected challenges. It is important that homebuyers are able to know as much about a house before they close on the purchase. Home inspections will identify areas that are in need of major or minor repairs, and can note any areas that will require maintenance. The home inspection process provides homebuyers with a more thorough understanding of their prospective house, which in turn allows them to make their decision with confidence and peace of mind. For those homeowners who are planning to put their house on the market, a home inspection provides the opportunity to identify areas in need of repair to ensure the house is in a better selling condition.

DO THE HOMEBUYERS HAVE TO BE PRESENT AT THE INSPECTION?

While there is no requirement for the homeowners to be at the inspection, it is highly recommended that they are. This will allow homeowners to get the greatest amount of value from the inspection, and provides ample opportunities to ask the inspector questions during the process.

WHAT IF THE HOME INSPECTION UNCOVERS PROBLEMS WITH THE PROPERTY?

Remember, no home is in perfect condition. Every home inspection will identify issues particular to the property, and the inspector will then communicate the severity of those issues. The goal of the home inspector is to provide clients with a better understanding of their prospective home so they can make a proper decision as they move through the home buying process. Prospective homebuyers should be fully aware of any existing issues or risks that could have an impact on their decision. It is not the role of a home inspector to dictate whether or not a client should buy a house or not, but rather to help them understand the full cost of ownership.

HOW DO I CHOOSE A HOME INSPECTOR IN LAKEWOOD, AVON, OR THE GREATER CLEVELAND AREA?

Call up the inspector and ask about their credentials and experience. If for some reason you don't feel comfortable asking this of the inspector when speaking with them on the phone then how will you feel asking questions at the inspection of your home? It is important that you feel that the home inspector is qualified, experienced, and attentive of your needs.