What does a home inspection include?

At Champion Inspection Services, you should expect your home inspection to include a thorough visual examination of the following areas within your home: interior plumbing and electrical systems, heating and cooling systems (temperature permitting), roof, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, attic, basement, foundation and structural components. A detailed report will be provided to you describing the condition of these areas within your home.

Why do I need a home inspection?

If you are purchasing a home, you are already aware that this is a significant investment. A home inspection may uncover the need for substantial repairs or even identify areas that should be appropriately maintained moving forward. Having your home inspected prior to closing allows you to become an informed buyer and avoid unnecessary surprises after moving in. If you are a homeowner, home inspections can help you identify potential problem areas so that you can take proactive measures to keeping your home safe and well maintained. This could lead to significant cost savings over time. If you are selling your home, a home inspection can help you sell your home faster by helping you identify possible areas that would be a concern to potential buyers so that you can fix them before they even become an issue.

Why can’t I do it myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety.  He or she knows how the home’s system and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail.
Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgement.  For accurate information, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.

When do I call a home inspector?

Typically, you would call for an inspection after the contract is signed. Prior to signing the contract, check to ensure your lawyers include an inspection clause which indicates the final purchase is contingent upon the outcomes of the home inspection report.

What will it cost?

The cost of a home inspection varies based on the size of the house being inspected and any additional services requested.  Please see our services page for a complete list of prices for the services we offer.

  

What if the report reveals problems?

Please understand that no house is perfect.  If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house.  Depending on your current financial situation, this information will be important to you.  If major problems are found, you should work with your real estate agent and lawyer to see if the seller may agree to make repairs.

Is there such thing as house failing an inspection?

No.  A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house.  It is NOT an appraisal, which determines market value.  It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance.  Home inspectors, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

Should I attend the inspection?

While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of your future home and how to maintain it.

If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?

A solid and resounding yes!  Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence.  You’ll have learned many new things about your new home from the inspector’s written report and will have that information if there is need for it in the future.