Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?home-inspection-ancaster

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property.

If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and take preventative measures which might avoid costly repairs in the future. If you are planing to sell your home on the market, you may wish to have an inspection performed prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of the conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in a better selling position. Having an inspection will help you comply with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property.

How Much Does It Cost?

Considering the investment you are about to make, now is not the time to shop for the lowest priced inspection you can find. The saying "Pennywise and Pound Foolish" is most certainly true in todays world, where you get what you pay for. Don't be fooled by individuals whose training consists of viewing a video tape for 2 hours and then claim to be a "Home Inspector". Check for "Certifications" before hiring an inspector. No Home Inspection can guarantee their won't be problems, even new homes are not perfect on the day their new owners move in, hence New Home Warranty inspections!

A thorough home inspection from Nook 'n' Cranny Home Inspections can point out existing or potential problems that would require attention either by the seller or buyer.

1. As a buyer, save yourself from problems you never contemplated when buying the house you wanted.

2. As a seller, offer potential buyers one of the best forms of disclosure available to you, your own property inspection report.

Having said all this, please look at my "Services" page and then contact me for a fee quote.

Is a Home Inspection a Warranty?

NO. The inspection is not a warranty nor a guarantee. A house is a dynamic structure full of systems and components and highly susceptible to change. In other words: what was working today- can break tomorrow and nobody- not even a great home inspector, can predict what might happen in the furture. However, there are homeowner warranty programs available that cover the breakdown and repair costs of many big ticket items, such as furnaces, electrical, plumbing and appliances.

Can I Do It Myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and years of expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction and remains completely objective and unemotional about the home.

Can A Home Inspection Fail?

NO. A professional home inspection is a visual examination of the systems that make up a home, on the day it is inspected. Nor is it an appraisal, which determines market value or a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance, but rather describes its visible physical condition and indicates what may need major repairs in the near future.

Do I Have To Be There?

It is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, but it is recommended. You will be able to accompany me on the inspection and ask questions directly as you learn about the condition of the home, how its systems work and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you've seen the property firsthand through the inspectors' eyes.

Who Hires The home inspector?

The Client usually retains the inspector, however your real estate agent may refer one or more for you to choose from. The Inspector works for you- the inspection report should not be given to, or discussed with anyone else without your consent.


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Last Edited: 07/04/2016