What Is A Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a visual survey of the condition of the home and its components (A/C, plumbing, electric, etc), performed in a short timeframe. An inspector can be viewed as a general practitioner, a generalist. If something is found as concerning, the inspector then recommends a specialist to assess the item with their expert knowledge. An inspection is non-invasive. Walls will not be cut open, and flooring will not be removed.

The inspection report contains information that will help guide your purchase. Perhaps you realize a repair will delay your move-in timeline, and it's a dealbreaker for you. The report should also be used as a negotiation tool. What if you discover the furnace needs to be replaced? You could negotiate a lower price to accommodate the replacement, or you could request the seller to replace the furnace before you purchase the home.