Tarkington

Home Inspections

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a visual examination of a property’s physical structure and systems by an impartial inspector. The inspection results in a thorough report of the condition of the property and any significant concerns or defects. 

What is covered?

An inspection includes a visual examination of the attic, grading, foundation, exterior surfaces, roofing, garage, chimney, living areas, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and water heater.  The inspector operates components and systems using normal controls as conditions permit. The inspection is limited to the systems, structures, and components that are present and accessible.

What does the report describe?

The report describes the findings and any material defects.  A material defect is a condition that significantly affects the value, desirability, habitability or safety of the home.  Style and aesthetics are not considered in determining whether a specific system, structure, or component is defective. 

Not all items mentioned in the report need immediate attention. Every house has some blemish or problem. The important thing for a homebuyer to understand is that the report is a list of recommendations and concerns, not "must dos."  Homebuyers can prioritize items requiring further attention according to their own needs to ensure that they feel secure and comfortable in their new home.

Should I attend the inspection?

While attending an inspection is not mandatory, being present will give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your new house.  The inspector can describe systems and make suggestions regarding maintenance and areas to monitor.  Attending at least part of the inspection is highly recommended.

The average inspection takes 2 - 4 hours, depending upon the size, condition, and age of the house.  If you aren’t able to attend the entire inspection, it is a good idea to be present for the summary at the end.

Who receives a copy of the report?

The report will be hosted on our website. Access to the report will be emailed to the client and the client’s real estate agent.  The client and their agent will have the means to distribute electronic copies to any third parties necessary.

Why a home inspection?

While a home inspection results in a report detailing areas of the property that need further attention, we believe that it serves a much more important purpose. The report is an important tool to help you learn what you need to know to feel comfortable and safe in your new home.


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