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What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, objective, visual examination of the condition of a home.  Home buyers now entering the marketplace view inspections as a way to gain valuable information about the biggest purchase of their lifetime.  It helps them to determine whether there are any defects or system inadequacies at the time of purchase.

Usually, home inspections are performed after a sales contract has been accepted by the seller.  The inspection is generally scheduled to within a few days if not immediately and will take approximately 2-3 hours, depending on the size, age, and condition of the home.  The home buyer is encouraged to attend the inspection if they're availabe so that he/she can see first hand the workings of the home or to discuss potential changes.

Home inspections should also highlight the possitive aspects of a home.  In fact, many of the home inspector's obervations or recommendations help to dispel home purchaser anxieties, and provide useful repair suggetions.

The home inspector's service to the purchaser is primarily one of education.  The goal of the inspector is to provide the purchaser with a better understanding of the physical condition of the home so that they can better make a well-informed decision.  It is also the inspector's role to keep his findngs in perspective for the buyer.  After the inspection is completed, a written report should be prepared for the home buyer, documenting the results of the inspection.  The home inspection should not be confused with an appraisal or a home owner's warranty.

A complete home inspection should cover all of the major systems of a house, including structure, exterior, roofing, electrical, heating, cooling, insulation, pumbing and interior.  An inspection should meet the Standards of Practice of Washington State.
For a list of what is covered, please refer to FAQ.

Consumers should be very careful when shopping for a home inspector.  The State of Washington requires its inspectors to be licensed by the State.  If you're not sure about an inspector you're considering, you can click on the following link to verify.  https://fortress.wa.gov/dol/dolprod/bpdLicenseQuery/
Home inspection companies that offer to do repair work shoud be avoided.