What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector. We follow InterNACHI® Standards of Practices found here.

What does a home inspection include?

We like to use a whole home approach to performing home inspections. Starting on the exterior of the home, we examine the roof (by walking the surface when possible), chimney, gutters, exterior coverings, windows, doors, driveway, sidewalks, and the property's grading.

On the interior of the home we inspect the floors, ceilings, walls, fireplaces, all visible plumbing systems, water heater, all visible electrical components, appliances, HVAC systems, attic, and basement/crawlspace components.

Why can’t I do it myself and why do I need a home inspection?

In the state of Kentucky, a home inspection must be performed by a licensed home inspector whom has been certified by the Kentucky Board of Home Inspections. Our clients are welcome to stay for the entirety of the inspection, but most clients come to the property at the end of the inspection to go over the report and see any defects firsthand.

What do I do if my home inspection revels problems?

A home inspection typically revels defects that buyers and even home owners may not know exist. Finding defects during the inspection allows the buyer the opportunity to decide how to handle the problems before the close with the seller. How they handle the problem is between the buyer and seller. Sometimes the seller will fix the problem or lower the purchase price. When this happens, the home inspection pays for itself.

Do I have to be present during a home inspection?

Our clients do not have to be present during a home inspection, however, we do recommend meeting us at the property at the end of the inspection. This allows us to present your report, show any defects in person, and answer any of your questions. We also have a Supra E-key that allows us to enter any property that has a lock box without a realtor present.

Is it possible to fail a home inspection?

A home inspection is not a pass/fail test. A home inspection should give the home buyer a better idea of the condition of the home before they purchase it. If a major defect is found it is up to the buyer and seller to resolve it. Most of the time the buyer and seller find common ground. Other times the buyers are happy they had a home inspection to reveal a major problem that they didn’t want to take on.

How long will a home inspection take?

A home inspection typically takes 3 to 4 hours to complete depending on the size of the home.

How much does a home inspection cost?

Willis Home Inspections base their price on the square footage of the home, when it was built, and if it has a crawlspace. Give us a call to get a quote.

Do I need an inspection on a new home?

A home inspection should be performed on all home purchases. New homes also have problems that older homes have. If any defects are found during the inspection the builder will be more motivated to fix the problem knowing a sale depends on it. Once you buy a house the problems that arise are now your problems.