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What is a Home Inspection?
A Home Inspection is an objective, visual-examination of the physical structure of a house,
from the roof to the foundation, whereby an inspector examines the readily accessible
systems and components and operates those systems and components utilizing certain
Standards of Practice as a guideline.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make.
To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn
as much as you can about the house before you buy it. A home inspection may
identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for
maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more
about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. If you already
are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest
preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning
to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that
will put the house in better selling condition.
Why can’t I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is a visual examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
What does a home inspection include?
The Home Inspector’s Report will cover the condition of the home’s heating and cooling system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visual insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors; the foundation, basement, and structural components. The report represents the home inspector's professional opinion of the condition of the inspected elements of the property at the time of the inspection, determined during a limited-time inspection. Not all defects will be identified during the inspection. Unexpected repairs should be anticipated. A home inspection is not a predictor of future repairs or a guarantee against defects.The inspection is performed in a manner consistent with the requirements of certain Standards of Practice, however, there are limitations and exclusions, as noted in the SOP and the Inspection Agreement. Please take a moment to review the Standards of Practice for the State of Mississippi and InterNACHI located at the bottom of this page.
Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended, at least at the end of the inspection. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and
how to maintain it.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs. It is important that you discuss your Home Inspection Report findings with your professional Realtor before making any decisions.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence and a peace of mind. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.
What is the cost of an inspection?
The inspection fee may vary depending on the size of the house, its age, and other factors. Most home inspections fees are but a fraction of the purchase-price of a new home, and often repay the buyer in peace of mind, confidence, and even in pre-closing, negotiated repair bills. Fees for our professional services typically range from $250 - $350. Please see the tab "FEES" for more information. Your new home is too important an investment to let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection.
Is Devine Home Inspections, LLC licensed and insured?
Yes, in compliance with the State of Mississippi.
How can I schedule an appointment?
Appointments can be scheduled by phone, text, email, or this website: use the REACH ME button at top-right of this page or
How soon after the inspection will I receive the Inspection Report?
Inspection Reports are usually available by the evening of the inspection-day or by the next morning.
Mississippi Standard of Practice for Home Inspectors
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors