A Home Inspector is a professional who is licensed to perform a real-estate inspection of property under the indirect supervision of a Professional Real Estate Inspector. Either the buyer of a home or the seller will ask for a home inspection, and in some transactions, both may.
On the face of it, a home inspection may seem costly, and make no mistake that they can be expensive, but it boils down to value. It’s a Home Inspector’s job to scour the home in question for anything and everything that’s right or wrong with it. This can be anything from mismatched paint on one wall that’s just a shade off from what the rest of the house is painted with, doors hung upside down, insulation in the attic needing attention, a water heater that’s reached the end of its life, serious issues with the roof, or a crack in the foundation. A Home Inspectors report can lead you to issues with a property which you might otherwise miss, and which can end up costing you heavily in the future.
Given such responsibility, a Home Inspector has to have a working knowledge, not just a base knowledge, of:
- Local Building Codes
- Insulation, siding, and drywall
- Fixture work
- Plumbing and Electrical Components
- Wells and Septic Tanks
- Indoor air quality
Since some potential buyers may ask for pest and termite inspections many, but not all, Home Inspectors are certified in these areas as well.
A Home Inspectors job is to inspect the home, and its quality. Everything they find, or don’t find is included in a report and submitted to their client, whether that’s the buyer or seller. It’s the Home Inspectors job to recognize all the factors that can affect the value of a home, and report those facts as they find them. It is not the job of the Home Inspector to evaluate the value of a home. That job goes to the Appraiser and Assessor, who each have a different role in establishing the value or tax value of a home, and different purpose.