What Is a Home Inspection?
This type of inspection is a visual examination of the structure and systems of a home that is carried out by a certified, licensed and insured home inspector.
Why Do I Need a Home Inspection?
The subject of home inspection typically comes up whenever you are buying or selling a home. As a seller, you may want to find out anything that is wrong with the home before placing it on the market, so you’re not surprised by any issues later on in the selling process. If any problems are found that a potential buyer would probably want fixed, this gives you time to get them fixed beforehand. Since an inspection reveals much about the overall condition of the home, it will also be very helpful when it comes to determining your asking price.
Is it Okay to Perform a Home Inspection Myself?
When confronted with all the expenses that go along with selling a home, you may be tempted to try to cut corners and think you can inspect your own home. This would be a mistake. Professional home inspectors, such as our licensed, trained and insured staff at S.P.T. Home Inspections, are familiar with home construction, safety and maintenance as well as the proper installation of systems in a home. You don’t want to risk thinking you’ve uncovered and fixed all potential problems only to have the buyer’s inspector uncover more that you missed.
What Is the Cost of a Home Inspection?
At S.P.T. Home Inspections, we are extremely competitive when it comes to our pricing. In fact, we even offer you a price-match guarantee. If you can show us an estimate from another licensed and certified home inspection company that is also insured in Pennsylvania for less than we charge, we will match their price. Generally speaking, the larger the square footage of a home the higher the price for an inspection, and the inspection of a townhome or single-family home will cost more than that for a condominium.
How Long Does an Inspection Take?
An inspection will generally take about two to three hours depending on the size of the home.
Do I Have to Be Present During an Inspection?
If you are the seller, you should probably plan to be elsewhere during our inspection of your home. Because the buyer is the one spending money on the purchase of your home, they will probably want to accompany the inspector in order to ask any questions about anything that’s uncovered. There may be certain questions the buyer will be more comfortable asking without the seller around.
Where Is S.P.T. Home Inspections Insured?
We are insured in the state of Pennsylvania. We perform inspections throughout the entire Philadelphia area including Bucks County, Montgomery County, Berks County, Chester County and Delaware County.
What Happens if There Are Problems Uncovered During the Inspection?
The first thing you should know is that this type of inspection is not done on a pass or fail basis. If you are planning to sell your home, getting a home inspection will simply give you a good idea of its current condition, so you have more information in terms of knowing what might need attention and for setting a price. If one of our highly-trained inspectors uncovers any problems with your home, we will write them up in a thorough home inspection report where we’ll detail major concerns and safety issues as well as any items that may need repair, improvement or continued monitoring.