In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on home inspection agreements, plus why they’re important for both the client and the inspector they’re hiring. These are often important parts of a homebuying process, and knowing how to navigate them can save you some time and headache during your home purchase.
At Aerolite Consulting, we offer a wide range of home inspection services for Orem and nearby clients, with services ranging from traditional inspections to environmental contaminant testing and more. While part one of our series helped to define these agreements and why they matter, today’s part two will look at some of the common elements that will typically be included in such agreements, and why you need to know about them.
First and foremost, some of the simplest and most important details of your home inspection agreement will be the date of the inspection, as well as a general idea of how much it will cost. The inspection itself shouldn’t take too long- in most cases, you’re looking at two to three hours at most for a typical home. However, if there are any additional tests or services being performed, such as radon or mold testing, this could extend the time needed.
Costs will also depend on the size and scope of the home being inspected, as well as any additional services being performed. In general, you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars for a standard home inspection.
One of the most important areas of any home inspection agreement is a list of which areas of the home will be covered during the inspection. This helps to ensure that both you and the inspector are on the same page regarding what will be looked at, and helps to avoid any misunderstandings later on.
In general, a typical home inspection will cover all major systems and components of the home, from the roof and exterior to the plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, and more. If there are any specific areas or components that you’re concerned about, be sure to mention them to your inspector ahead of time so that they can be given extra attention.
Also very important to note are any areas or components of the home that will NOT be covered during the inspection. In some cases, this may be due to safety concerns- for example, many inspectors will not go onto the roof of a home due to the potential for injury. Other times, it may be because certain areas are simply not included in a standard inspection – things like pools, outbuildings, and septic systems are often not included.
Finally, most inspection agreements will also include some standard legal language, such as liability disclaimers and information on payment terms. This helps to protect both you and the inspector in case of any problems or misunderstandings, so be sure to read over this section carefully before signing anything.
At Aerolite Consulting, we’re proud to offer high-quality home inspection services to clients in Orem and nearby areas. If you’re in the market for a new home, we can help to make sure that it’s in good condition before you make any decisions. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an inspection.