Focus Home Inspection Services

Frequently Asked Questions

 

If you’re like many of our clients, you may have a few questions when it comes to home inspection and what it means for you. Browse our list of Frequently Asked Questions for answers to common queries.

What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

What does a home inspection include?

The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof (weather permitting), attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

Why do I need a home inspection?

Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify builder oversights or the need for major repairs, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.

If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

Are home inspections worth the cost?

Do not let cost be a factor in deciding to have a home inspection done or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training, compliance with your state’s regulation and professional affiliations as a guide.

Why can't I do it myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner typically 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 systems 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 can effect their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.

Can a house fail a home 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. 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 major repair or replacement.

What is InterNachi?

InterNACHI is the world’s largest association of professional home and commercial property inspectors. As part of their membership requirements, InterNACHI inspectors must complete dozens of inspection-related courses and pass hundreds of quizzes and exams.

When do I call a home inspector?

Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Do I have to be there?

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

What if the report reveals problems?

No house is perfect. The inspector will likely identify problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.

If the house appears to be in good conditions, do I really need an inspection?

Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.

Where does FOCUS Home Inspections Services work?

We serve:

Logan--All of Cache Valley--North Salt Lake, Woods Cross, Bountiful, Centerville, Farmington, Kaysville, Layton, Syracuse, Clearfield, Roy, Riverdale, Morgan, Ogden, Huntsville, Willard, Perry, Brigham City, Tremonton, Preston, Bear Lake, Garden City, Montpelier, and Greater St George.

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Logan, UT  84321

Contact FOCUS HOME INSPECTION SERVICES
NORTHERN UTAH AND SOUTHERN IDAHO

Phone: 435.919-6410
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Email: service@FocusHIS.com

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