A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
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 home before you buy it. The home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep the home in good condition. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection can help identify problems in the making and suggest preventative measures that may help you avoid costs in the future. 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.
An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. The inspector also knows how the home's systems and components are intended to function when working properly. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want. This may have an unintentional effect on their judgement. Hiring a professional home inspector is highly recommended in every scenario.
While it's not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions about your home and how to maintain it. The inspector may also show you different issues that are uncovered during the inspection. Even though these issues would be in the inspection report regardless of your attendance, this is your chance to ask questions.