Comparing home insurance inspections & standard home inspections

by Jonie Civill 09/25/2022

What’s the difference between a home insurance inspection and a standard home inspection? While homeowners might be familiar with the idea of home inspections in general, it’s crucial to know how an insurance inspection can differ.

Here is a basic guide comparing home insurance inspections and standard inspections:

Who requires it?

Home insurance inspections are required and carried out by the insurance company providing the homeowners insurance policy. Standard inspections, by contrast, are required by mortgage lenders during the homebuying process.

Lenders might not require homeowners insurance inspections, but you do need proof of insurance for final mortgage approval.

How is it used?

Insurance companies use inspections to determine the amount of risk associated with the client’s home. The inspectors examine the property to find potential liability issues associated with its condition or features. They can also use the inspection results to create an accurate valuation of the home to determine the correct amount of insurance coverage to recommend.

Standard inspections are more broadly used, but are most often used to influence and educate a homebuying decision. A standard inspection reports on the quality and condition of the home in many of the same ways. However, these inspections are more concerned with informing the potential buyer of any maintenance issues they otherwise wouldn’t discover until after moving in.

Who pays for it?

Home insurance inspections are typically free to the homeowner. The insurance provider pays the bill for the inspection itself, but the overall cost may be wrapped into the policy itself.

In the homebuying process, the buyer pays for the home inspection. In some cases, the seller might offer to pay for the inspection as part of a negotiation.

Both of these types of home inspection are something every homeowner is likely to deal with over the life of the property. The more you know about the differences, the more confident you’ll be in discussing the options with your provider.

About the Author

Jonie Civill

With over 30 years of residential experience in the Capital District, I have an in depth knowledge of houses for sale throughout the region. Working with buyers, I listen to your needs and help you find the right home. Selling a home requires a professional understanding of the process, including pricing, staging and personalized marketing techniques to get your home sold. I will work with you through all the details of buying or selling right through till the closing.

I have been a Multi-Million Dollar Producer throughout my career. I am active in the Greater Capital Association of Realtors serving on the Professional Standards and the Community Outreach Committees.

My business has been based on repeat and referral clients, which is the highest compliment I can receive. I have sold some homes 3 times and have worked with 3 generations of a family.

I believe in paying it forward. For years I have been actively involved with community service organizations.

Real estate has been my job but I really enjoy helping others create a better quality of life for themselves