Thursday, November 30, 2006

Can a home fail an inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal. 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 a major repair or replacement.

From Wikipedia.

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Purpose of this website

The purpose of this website is to inform others about home inspection, home inspectors and other related parties. It is important, when you buy real estate, to consult an licensed inspector before making offers or any agreements.


What is a Home Inspector?

A home inspector examines the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. This process is referred to as a home inspection.

An inspector will check the roof, basement, heating system, water heater, air-conditioning system, structure, plumbing, electrical, and many other aspects of buildings looking for damage which may require expensive repairs, as well as fire, safety, and health hazards. Think of a home inspector as a detective searching throughout the house for clues that lead to a conclusion of the home's overall condition.

A home inspector is often confused with a real estate appraiser. A home inspector determines the condition of a structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property.

In the United States, a contract to purchase a house will often include a contingency that the contract is not valid until a home inspector has inspected the property (and the contract will usually provide for how problems found in inspection are to be remedied). In many states, home inspectors are required to be licensed; typical requirements for obtaining a license are to complete an approved training course and/or to pass an examination selected by the state's licensing board. Several states also require inspectors to periodically obtain continuing education credits in order to renew their licenses.

A home inspection is often referred to as an "engineering report", although many home inspectors are not licensed engineers. The essential difference between a home inspector and a professional engineer is that the engineer can offer design specifications for repair or reinforcement of a structural deficiency or other matter requiring the opinion of a licensed engineer. Either way, anyone entering the home inspection field should be trained in the unique discipline of home inspection. Assuming that the home inspector or licensed engineer has been properly trained and has sufficient experience, either person should be able to provide a satisfactory, detailed inspection of a property.

From Wikipedia.

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