Here are the answers to common questions about home inspections.

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Today I’m joined by local home inspector Josh Perry to answer some common questions about the home inspection process.

How long does the inspection process take?

The usual inspection for an average house takes around two hours, depending on the condition of the home.

What’s the average cost?

The cost of a home inspection is usually based on the square footage of the home, its age, and whether there are additional buildings on the property. A typical 3-bedroom, 2-bath home inspection is around $300.

What issues commonly come up during an inspection?

Some common issues include stress cracks on brick veneer, doors and windows that aren’t properly sealed, and problems with drainage (a big concern here in Northwest Arkansas). Quite often, inspectors will flag hail damage on rooftops.

Inspectors prefer people to show up at the end for a summary instead of being followed around for the whole process.

Which areas does a home inspection cover?

A home inspection covers everything from the roof down, including the electrical systems, plumbing, HVAC, interior doors and windows, kitchen appliances, and so on. If any problems are found during the inspection, the inspector will take pictures of them, note them in their report, and recommend whether or not they bear further evaluation. If the items do need to be repaired, Josh can refer the homeowners to a trusted vendor to take care of them.

Who is required to be at the home inspection?

No one is required to be at the home inspection. Many first-time homebuyers like to be present for the whole thing, but inspectors prefer people to show up at the end for a summary instead of being followed around for the whole process.

If you have any more questions about the home inspection process or anything else to do with real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you.