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By ProMatcher Staff



Common Questions about Home Inspections

Use the information below to learn more about the home inspection process. By clicking on each question, you'll be able to see the answers our pros provided.

1. When during the home buying process should a home inspector be contacted? You should contact a home inspector once the seller has accepted your offer. An inspection contingency should be always be included in the contract! If there are any issues with the home that you did not anticipate, you will be protected.

2. Should the home buyer be present for the home inspection? Yes, the home buyer should always be present for a home inspection. If there is a problem, you’ll be able to see it for yourself (rather than relying on pictures and written descriptions). You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

3. How long should it take it to inspect a 2,000 sf single family home? There are many factors that impact how long a home inspection will take, including the size and overall condition of the home. According to our Pros, it should take about 2-3 hours to inspect a 2,000 square foot single family home.



4. Does a newly constructed house need to be inspected by an independent home inspector? Yes! Brand new houses can have problems too. Your home builder or general contractor may miss a few items. A home inspector will be able to point on some of these deficiencies.

5. How do home inspectors most commonly charge for their services? In most cases, the cost of a home inspection will be determined by the size (or square footage) of the home. Most home inspectors will charge a fixed fee, rather than an hourly rate. If you have a pool or you need a termite inspection as well, this will come at an additional cost.

6. Is a home inspector able to identify all building code issues in their inspection report? Unfortunately, no. A home inspector’s job is to identify problems that can be seen easily. They do not have the opportunity to open walls and discover hidden issues.

7. Is it possible for a home to fail a home inspection? No, a home inspection cannot "fail" inspection. The home inspector will simply point out deficiencies and potential issues. The home is never assigned a passing or failing score. It is up to the buyer if they would like to proceed with purchasing the home.

8. Is a tree inspection considered an additional charge when conducting a typical home inspection? A tree inspection is not typically included with a standard home inspection. It may be available for an additional cost, depending on the inspector’s qualifications. In some cases, you may need to consult with a certified arborist.



9. Is lead testing typically included as part of a home inspection? No, lead testing is not typically included in a home inspection. It may be available for an additional charge. However, in some states, lead testing requires a special license. In this case, the testing will have to be done by a third-party professional.

10. Is radon testing typically included in the cost of a home inspection? Radon testing is almost never included in the cost of a home inspection.

11. Once the physical home inspection is complete, how long should it take to receive the final inspection report? In most cases, you should have the home inspection report back within 24 hours. In some cases, it may take up to 2 or 3 days.

12. Should pictures be included in the home inspection report? Yes, pictures should be included in the home inspection report! In the future, you’ll be able to use the pictures as a reference. Make sure that the cost of the pictures is included with the inspection to avoid any surprise charges.

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