What is a home inspection? How does it differ from an appraisal? We have those answers for you.
What is a Home Inspection?
"A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation."
Home Inspection vs Appraisal
"An appraisal isn't a substitute for a professional home inspection, in fact they have some key differences. The appraiser formulates an opinion of the property's value for the lender, while the inspector educates the buyer about the condition of the home and its major components. The appraiser is primarily focused on the value of the home whereas the inspector keys in on the home's condition with an eye toward both existing and potential future problems."
From Realtor.com – “Appraisal vs Inspection: What is the Difference” by Dierdre Wollard |May 8, 2013. |Marcie Geffner contributed to this post.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
For an excellent list of commonly asked questions concerning home inspections and their answers, please go to:
Home Inspection Q & A – click here
List of Inspectors – home, radon, termite, septic
Follow the link below for a complete list of whole house, termite, radon and septic inspectors that we have used in the past if you need a suggestion;
but you are encouraged to work with whomever you are most comfortable with.
Download List of Inspectors here
Whole House Inspector Websites
The following are quick access links to the websites for our list of whole house inspectors.
- Brandon K
- Sharon B
- CJ W
- Ellen K
- Kathy A
- Amanda G
- Chris S
- Charlene R
- Pete K
- Jared O
- Mary Lou T
- Kim S.
- Dolores N
- Tim S.
- Fellow Agent
- Al B
- Carolyn H
- Mel K
- Tim S
- Danielle P