What is a material defect? A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. The fact that a system or component is near, at or beyond the end of its normal useful life is not, in itself, a material defect. This question can be open for interpretation and may depend on the experience of the inspector and common sense. A short list may be: leaking roof, Structure damage, Furnace issues, inoperative windows, water leaks or damage, plumbing or electrical concerns, chimney or fireplace issues and most safety related items. The Home Inspection and written report will conform to the current standards of practice set forth in Chapter 440 and SPS 131 of the Wisconsin statutes and the administrative rules applying to the chapter.
After the inspection you will know how much (and what type) TLC is needed.
So what can you expect when you get a home inspection? A standard Home Inspection should take approximately 3 hours dependent on size and condition of the home. During which just about everything inside and outside of the home will be inspected and followed up with a detailed report describing the condition of the home. It is best for the client to attend the Home Inspection and ask a lot of questions.
Does the seller have to fix everything the inspector finds? No, During the inspection almost every facet of the home will be inspected and reported on to include cosmetic concerns and future maintenance or comfort items. The inspection is primarily focused on determining any more costly or safety related items, although cosmetic and minor concerns will be noted in the report and may or may not be repaired by the seller. This is where your realtor steps in and helps guide the process as every transaction could be totally different then the next.