The need for Home Inspections in India

Although it is unlikely that you would have heard of them, the concept of home inspections in India is catching up quickly. Not just buyers, but even sellers are now willing to invest in quality home inspection services. A trained home inspector administers a visual examination of properties to identify flaws, faults and potential threats. It is the best way to check the condition of a property and get a clear picture of what you are investing in or if you are a seller, what you are delivering.

What really happens when you appoint an expert to inspect your flat or apartment?

A licensed home inspector visits properties mostly before a sale or a purchase is made in order to conduct a property inspection. The inspection is a visual, non-intrusive examination of the property. The home inspector uses multiple tools and equipment in order to conduct a thorough analysis of the flat or apartment. The lookout is mainly for flaws, potential risks and vulnerable areas.

What does a home inspector look for?

A home inspector evaluates the present condition of all of the property’s major systems by conducting a thorough visual examination of every system and fixture that is accessible. An expert home inspector has an eye for detail and can spot flaws, potential threats and damages that we tend to otherwise oversee or ignore. Additionally, home inspectors use advanced equipment and tools for the inspection.

After administering a thorough examination of the property, the home inspection team puts together a detailed report of the findings resulting from the property assessment. The report is comprehensive and easy to understand for everyone. In addition, the team also provides photographs to help locate the problem area without any trouble.

However, one must make a note of the fact that a home inspector can only give you a status update on the current condition of the property, and cannot be held responsible for future damages and system failures. The report is effectively a snapshot of the house, recording the conditions on a given date and time. It cannot predict future behaviour, and as such, cannot be held responsible for events that occur after the inspection. Unpredictable repairs should still be anticipated somehow though. This simply means that it is a good idea to get one’s home inspected often, ideally once every year.

This basic act of prudence not only proves to be economical but also goes a long way in providing a safe home environment for residents and their loved ones.

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Post Author: Sudhindra Naib

One thought on “The need for Home Inspections in India

  • jyoti vasuja

    (November 30, 2017 - 5:21 pm)

    Well, here are our recommendations on what you should ask depending on which you can make a decision on the home inspector to hire:

    1. While you may have heard or read about home inspection on internet, ask what is home inspection all about? Home Inspection is a non-invasive/non-destructive testing of the quality of home, done by qualified personnel using certain tools/equipments and technology to bring objectivity into the findings

    2. Ask about the time it would take for the inspection? A typical comprehensive inspection should take about 3-4 hours depending on the size and layout of the house.

    3. Ask about the tools that the inspector would use? The value add of a formal home inspection is in the tools that an inspector would use in support of his observations. There is literally no point in an inspector performing only a visual inspection.

    4. Ask what is so great about an inspector in comparison to any personnel from construction industry? Obviously inspections need to be performed by qualified (internal qualification from InterNACHI for example) and trained inspectors otherwise you shouldn’t rely on their findings.

    5. Ask what prerequisites that a home inspector needs before he shows up for the inspection

    6. Ask if the home inspector anticipates any damages to the house during the inspection. Needless to say, you shouldn’t tolerate any damage caused during the inspection as by definition the home inspection is a non-invasive/non-destructive process of assessing the quality of home.

    7. Ask what safety precautions the home inspector would take during the inspection. You wouldn’t want to be liable for any accidents that happen during the inspection in your home.

    8. Ask what all areas would the home inspection cover. You want to make sure all of the basic categories like Electrical, dampness, flooring, safety etc are covered.

    9. Ask how comprehensive the report will be. The report should be in the right detail with pictures and annotations so that even a layman can understand the issues (whether or not being at the site during inspection)

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