Here are the answers to some home inspection FAQs.

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Today we’re joined by local professional home inspector Josh Perry to answer some home inspection FAQs.

Q: What are the most common issues found during a home inspection?

The most common problem area is anywhere along the windows and doors where the frame meets the brick or stone veneer. Gaps in this area can cause moisture to leak in, so if you’re a seller, make sure they’re sealed before listing your home.

Q: How can I find and solve common issues before a home inspection?

Take a lap around the outside of your home. If you see gaps along the edges of any window frames, use clear exterior silicone to seal them and use a can of Rustoleum to paint the angle iron. If you see any water pooling around the edge of the property, attach drainage extensions to your gutters. If you have dogs who’ve done some digging around the foundation, add some topsoil to any problem areas.

Q: How can I properly prepare a roof for an inspection?

Look at the roof penetrations and pipe vent. If you see any exposed nail heads in the penetrations, seal them with roofer’s caulk. If the rubber boot around the pipe vent looks weather-beaten, replace it.

The most common problem area is anywhere along the windows and doors where the frame meets the brick or stone veneer.

Q: What can I expect on the day of the inspection?

Inspectors generally start from the outside of the home and work their way inward. They’ll check the exterior features, then go to the roof and work their way downward. They’ll inspect the roof’s structure and insulation, then move onto the wiring, plumbing, and HVAC unit. All of the receptacles, fixtures, flashings, drainage, and ventilation get checked too. Generally, the homeowner shows up during the end for a quick summary of the inspection.

Q: Is there any reason for the seller to be present during the inspection?

Not really. Some people are nervous about having strangers in their homes, though, or they’ve lived in the home for a long time and are very proud of it, so Josh occasionally has to work while the seller is present. In these cases, the inspector usually addresses any issues with the buyer away from the seller’s presence.

Q: How long does the inspection process take?

About two hours. The inspection report is then sent to the buyer within the next business day, after which, they’ll meet with their Realtor, make their repair addendum, and send it to the seller.

Q: Is an inspection necessary when buying a new construction house?

Everyone has a different set of eyes, but even if you’re buying new construction, it’s a good idea to get an inspection. Usually, small issues like missing flashings or exposed nail heads are the only things that need to be fixed, but every once in a while, a major issue is uncovered that needs to be addressed.

If you have more home inspection questions you’d like us to address, give us a call or send an email. As always, if you have any other real estate needs, feel free to reach out to us as well. We’re here to help.