When you're employed in the field of neurotechnology, people expect you to know everything about everything. But if you've been spending most of your time in the lab, there are a few real world things you might not know - including how an infrared thermography inspection differs from the plain old home inspection you got when you moved into your new house. If you're not really sure what goes on during a home inspection, this article should give you a clue.
After you have decided you want to buy a home and your conditional offer has been accepted by the seller, you hire a home inspector to check and make sure the home is in good condition. The home inspector's does a non-invasive review of the property, which means nothing is removed or damaged, which prevents the inspector from seeing what is happening inside the walls. However, what they can see usually gives them a good idea of the home's condition.
A typical home inspection takes between five and seven hours depending on the size of the home and how thorough the home inspector is. The cost of hiring a home inspector is about $150 per hour. Some companies might advertise a home inspection for a flat rate of only a few hundred dollars, but be aware that in these situations you are getting what you pay for - i.e. not a thorough inspection. During the inspection the inspector will not want you following and asking questions. The inspector's notes will be presented to you after the inspection.
John Tarr, from Housemaster home inspections states that the inspector checks out all the critical systems in the home, such as the structure, foundation, basement, heating and cooling system, water heater, deck, plumbing, and electrical systems. A termite, mildew, or radon inspection in areas where these are common regional issues may also be done. The inspector will also be looking for building code violations, fire hazards, safety issues, zoning or surveying issues that may cause legal issues with your neighbors, environmental problems, and buried piping, wires, or wells in the yard.
It is important to remember that a Long Island home inspector can only tell you the current condition of the home. Though he or she may predict issues that look like they may crop up in the future, there is guarantee. However, some inspection companies offer a 90 day warranty to clients who may discover an issue the inspector missed after they have moved in. In the end it is up to you to decide whether the home inspection results warrant walking away from the deal or not. Home inspectors cannot prevent the sale of the home.