Frequently Asked Questions
A: A home inspection or property inspection is a visual examination of the property’s major structure, systems and components that are readily visible and safely accessible. The inspector should substantially adhere to a standards of practice that outlines what should be covered during a general inspection, as well as what is excluded. Some inspectors may strictly follow the standards of practice, while others may exceed the standards and inspect other items, or perform a more detailed inspection. Whatever the inspector includes in his or her inspection should be discussed prior to the inspection – this is known as the scope of work. The inspector should be able to provide you with a copy or online link to the standards of practice they follow. The inspector should provide you with a written report, which may include photos and/or recommendations, of his or her findings of the inspection. Read Mississippi’s Standards of Practice to find out what is typically included and excluded in a home inspection. http://www.mrec.ms.gov/docs/mhib_License_Law_Standards_of_Practice_and_code_of_ethics_2014.pdf
A: Buying a home or commercial property is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it’s important to get an inspection because the inspector should be able to discover and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer. Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs, to severe damage or safety and health concerns. A thorough inspection also gives you peace of mind as a prospective buyer.
A: Magnolia Inspections, LLC has been serving the residential and commercial real estate industry since 2006. It is important to choose a home inspector who is qualified and holds a license or certification in the field. Just because someone performs home inspections doesn’t mean that they’re actually qualified to do so. Anyone can simply take the online courses, pass the national exam, obtain their license and begin inspecting. Only an experienced inspector can provide the detailed inspection report you deserve. If you are buying or selling a home or commercial property, make sure to look for a home inspector with the proper certifications.
A: Yes, as a matter of fact new construction homes often have more problems than existing homes. Some of the most common problems we find on a regular basis are: Roofing shingle issues including missing flashing, active roof leaks, electrical wiring issues, gas leaks, malfunctioning heating or cooling system, missing plumbing underneath whirlpool tubs, missing attic insulation, water heaters not functioning, exposed live electrical wiring underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks and cabinets, non-functioning electrical wall outlets and switches, wet walls resulting from plumbing leaks, hot water connected to toilets supply faucets, leaking dishwashers, interior and exterior safety hazards, broken windows, and many more. Important note: The Mississippi Real Estate Commission / Home Inspector Division requires that all licensed home inspectors obtain and meet additional licensing requirements. In Mississippi, Licensed Home Inspectors should also obtain a Residential Builders License and also be IRC certified with the International Residential Code. You can verify if your inspector meets these stringent requirements by clicking this link: http://www.mrec.ms.gov/mhib/documents/mhib_forms_Active_New_Home_Designations_015.pdf
A: In most cases, there is no set cost for an inspection. The cost will vary based on the inspector, level of experience, the local market, the geographic region, the scope of the inspection to be performed, and more. Before the inspection, you should find out what will be included in the inspection and what won’t, and these details should also be outlined in the inspection agreement that you will need to sign prior to the inspection. It is very important not to price shop for a cheaper inspection. A cheap inspection could leave you which many unexpected and costly surprises once you buy the property and move in. A home or commercial property will likely be the largest investment you’ll make in a lifetime so don’t shop around until you find the cheapest inspector.
A: Depending on the home or commercial property’s age, size, condition, and location, as well as the home inspector’s own work protocols and ethic, your inspection may take up to three hours or more. Adding square footage, type of foundation, additional buildings, and/or ancillary services (such as mold testing or foundation elevation survey) will increase that time. It may be necessary for your inspector to bring in a helper for a very large property. If your general home inspection takes significantly less than two to three hours, it may indicate that the inspector was not thorough enough.
A: A home inspection is usually scheduled after an offer has been made and accepted, but before the closing date. That way, the inspector can rule out any major defects that could be dangerous or costly. In rare cases—due to timing or contractual issues—the inspection can be scheduled after the closing date. If this is the case, the home buyer should schedule the inspection for the earliest possible date after closing.
A: You should attend the inspection; especially at the end so we can review the entire inspection report with you. You should reconsider hiring an inspector who doesn’t allow this. You can learn a lot by attending your inspection. You will certainly gain a better understanding of the home’s condition, which will give you insight into its potential sale points and defects. Additionally, you will likely learn information about the home’s maintenance, systems and components that may provide useful for the transaction. Because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we provide a complementary virtual video review if you are not able to attend the review.
A: No, What if your home inspector is also a licensed contractor? Sounds great, right? Not always. Although it may seem convenient to have an inspector who is also a contractor, it poses a conflict of interest. According to Mississippi Home Inspectors ASHI Standard of practice / code of ethics http://www.mrec.ms.gov/docs/mhib_License_Law_Standards_of_Practice_and_code_of_ethics_2014.pdf Inspectors shall not repair, replace, or upgrade, for compensation, systems or components covered by ASHI Standards of Practice, for one year after the inspection.
A: If your home inspection reveals any problems, it is important to understand the severity of the defect. For example, a missing shingle or dirty air filter can be easily fixed at a low cost. However, if the defect is more extreme, such as a major foundation crack, wood-destroying organism infestation, or evidence of possible mold, you should find out how these problems can be addressed, and whether you can negotiate their cost with the seller. If you still want the property, your real estate agent should help you in the renegotiation process.