Blair Home Inspections
Serving Clarksville and Central Tennessee since 2006
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it okay to perform the inspection myself?
Inspecting your own potential house is not recommended. Home inspectors are specially trained to look for things you may miss. Unless you are a home inspector yourself, seek out a professional. Some states or financial lenders require a licensed inspector to complete the inspection.
What does a home inspection include?
A home inspection will usually include an examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself. We will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues
What is the difference between a home inspector and an appraiser?
An appraiser will usually spend less than 1 hour in the property and give you his/her professional opinion on the market value of the property by viewing the general condition of the property and comparing to adjacent properties. A home inspector will usually spend more than 2 hours in the property and give you a complete physical assessment of the building system and components.
Do I need to be there?
Although it is not required for client to be present for the inspection, you are more than welcome. This is a great chance to learn more about your new home and ask questions to the professional about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
Do I need a home inspection for a new construction?
The answer is Yes. Very often, new home buyers are overwhelmed with the excitement when acquiring a new home and miss some critical details. Buyers usually rely on the new home warranty but many of the defected items are only covered for the first 12 to 24 months. If problems are not reported in time before the warranty expires they will not be addressed from the builder.
Do home inspectors fail an inspection?
The answer is No. A professional home inspection is done in an unbiased practice. Inspectors act as a general practitioner of a house and pin-point the problems to the buyers. Many defects are repairable on different levels and the decision belongs to the buyers
I'm selling my home, should I get an inspection before putting on the market?
The biggest benefit of a seller’s home inspection is to know all the potential issues before they are brought up in the buyer’s inspection report. This allows the seller to make sure any repairs get done ahead of time and most likely at a better price than the buyer would ask for as a concession during negotiations. Home sellers can also be more realistic in their asking price, depending on any problems you want to leave “as-is.”
What if the home inspection report reveals problems?
If you find serious issues, you can back out of the sale due to a home inspection contingency clause or you can ask the seller to fix the issues before moving forward with the purchase of the home. The seller is not required to make any repairs. Cosmetic defects do not have to be repaired before the seller can sell their house, as they are not a hazard. You can ask them to make these repairs but they can refuse.
How much does a home inspection cost?
The cost of an inspection varies and is based on several factors, including but not limited to the size of the home and the location. The price is determined after a short conversation with the inspector and is a flat fee.