Although it’s a crucial part of the home selling process, everyone may not understand exactly what happens during a home inspection. The experts at J and J want you to make sure you understand exactly what to expect – whether you home is in Hendersonville, Nashville, or anywhere else in the United States!

This mandatory inspection helps protect not only the buyer, but the seller as well. For the buyer, a basic home inspection can reveal hidden faults and necessary repairs to a home before they make a purchase, potentially saving them thousands of dollars and a lot of worry in the long run. A home inspection can really make or break a sale: buyers want confidence in exactly what they’re purchasing, and sellers want to avoid any surprises during the sale.

Even though home inspections are typically requested by the buyer, a home inspection can actually be advantageous to the seller as well. By hiring a home inspector to find any issues with your home before its listed on the market, a seller can have any repairs done that will greatly affect the selling price of their house.

During a typical home inspection, the inspector will spend about 2-3 hours intensely examining the property. You can expect them to scrutinize areas of your home such as the exterior (including siding, porches, balconies, walkways, and driveways), roofing, heating and cooling systems, electrical systems, plumbing, insulation and ventilation, any fireplaces, interior structures such as staircases, and the walls and foundation. Although the home inspector may bring some specific tools to assist in the process, the majority of the assessment will be visual.

Once the inspection is complete, you’ll receive the written report detailing any issues in the home. Inspectors don’t “pass” or “fail” a home, but instead list particular issues that need to be dealt with. Some common categories of issues include safety hazards to the people or the property itself, items that are fully depreciated (at the end of its lifespan) such as a roof, areas of the home that are in need of repair but that may not need immediate fixes, or issues that are in need of deeper evaluation by a qualified professional, such as a possible mold infestation. However, it’s likely that only major material defects will have an impact on the actual sale of the home.

If you’d like to schedule a home inspection, feel free to use our easy online scheduler or get in touch.