What is a Real Estate Inspection?

A Real Estate inspection (also called "property inspection" or "home inspection") is a survey that provides information regarding the general condition of the building. Real Estate inspections are not technically exhaustive, destructive, or intrusive. The time needed to perform an inspection of an average single family home usually takes between two and three hours, depending on the design, size, and conditions.

The systems and areas inspected are the roof, gutters, exterior, grounds, attic, foundation, crawl space, garage, interior, heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, fireplace, chimney, and some kitchen appliances in accordance with the Inspection Agreement, which will be provided before the inspection. The inspection Agreement is based on the Agreement and standards of the California Real Estate Inspection Association.

A written report will be provided. Holmes & Watson inspection findings will be described along with the reason the finding is a concern and a recommended course of action. Findings may recommend correction or further evaluation by the appropriate specialist/engineer/contractor. Further evaluations can provide additional information that may affect a client's course of action; therefore, further evaluations, the written reports, and cost estimates should be obtained before removing investigation contingencies and prior to the close of the transaction/escrow.

A Real Estate Inspection is NOT a health or environmental inspection, which can be conducted by the relevant specialists. The Real Estate inspection is not a substitute for any transferor's or agent's disclosure. The inspection is not a home warranty.

Obtaining a Real Estate inspection is very beneficial and relatively inexpensive given the high monetary value of Real Estate and the benefits of knowing/disclosing the general condition of the home before the transaction.