Are there certain things that all home inspection reports should include?

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice  that outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.

What will a home inspection cost?

The fee for a home will vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, the age of the house and any optional services requested such as septic or radon testing.  If cost is an issue be sure to consider the peace of mind you will feel knowing about any potential issues with your home before heading to the closing table.

Are there any specific qualifications I should look for when hiring a home inspector?

You will want to be sure your home inspector has had the proper training, is properly licensed and has experienced in home inspections.  It is also a good idea to take a look at professional affiliations.  It is not that difficult to become a home inspector so training and experience are important.  For that reason, the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain.

DRHI inspectors are licensed, members of AHIT & ASHI and bring with them years of experience in the construction industry.

At what point do I call a home inspector?

A home inspector is typically contacted just after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed.  However if you are planning on selling your home in the not so distant future, a home inspection can be a great tool for getting your property ready to go on the market.

Do I have to be there?

No, you are not required to be present for your home inspection, but it is highly recommended. DRHI’s prides itself on educating our clients so we love nothing more than walking through a home with the owners or potential buyers so that we can show them any areas of concern and talk through the options of correcting the issues as well as the timing and potential costs involved in the repairs.

I’m avoiding calling a home inspector because I am afraid they will reveal potential issues. What do I do?

Call.  In this case knowledge is power because all problems are ultimately fixable.  It is important to remember that no house is perfect. If problems are uncovered, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the house, it just provides you with knowledge so that you can purchase or sell a home knowing what to expect.