DEFINITION OF A HOME INSPECTION
A home inspection is an objective, visual examination of those easily accessible areas that an inspector can clearly see and of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation. No destructive testing or dismantling is done during the course of an inspection, hence an inspector can only tell a client exactly what was clearly in evidence at the time and date of the inspection.
Inspections Exceed the American Society of Home Inspectors, (ASHI) Standards of Practice http://www.ashi.org/inspectors/standards/standards.asp
We are available 7 days a week. We use a computer-generated reporting system that protects you and can be accessed onsite within 48 hours, which results in a better report for you. We will also email the report if needed. The report also includes color photos when can help in communicating deficiencies to sellers and contractors.
Four key areas of most home/building inspections cover the Exterior, Basement/Crawlspace, Attic and the Living areas. Inspectors spend as much time as necessary in all of these areas to visually look for a host of red flags, telltale clues and signs or defects and deficiencies.
A pre-listing inspection can increase your marketability and smooth the transaction by alerting you to defects that a buyers inspector will find later. This allows you to repair or disclose these items as you choose and prevents them from becoming negotiating points after a contract is signed. It also gives you time to find reasonably priced contractors without the pressure of a closing deadline. A pre-listing inspection can reduce your liability by adding professional supporting documentation to your disclosure statement. We have a complete moving package for sellers that gives you a 50% discount on your purchase inspection if we did a pre-listing inspection on the home that you just sold.
The inspected areas of a home/building will consist of all of the major visible and accessible electro-mechanical systems as well as the major visible and accessible structural systems and components of a building as they appeared and functioned at the time and date of the inspection.
WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?
The home inspector's report includes the following; condition of the heating and central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), fireplaces, interior plumbing and electrical systems, water heater, bathrooms, kitchen, porches, decks, roof, gutters, attic, visible insulation, interior walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, ventilation, foundation, basement, crawl spaces, visible framing and structure elements, and the cosmetic condition of exterior walls & siding.
The following are also some key items that buyers should remember and consider when reviewing their inspection reports:Inspections are not code-compliance evaluations. Inspection reports are not structural engineering reports. Systems and components that are off during the inspection are not tested or reactivated. Buyers should consult with and ask questions of owners and their representatives. Reports are confidential and are meant exclusively for buyers, and not brokers or owners. Inspectors typically will not find each and every defect in a building; hence buyers should anticipate future typical defects and deficiencies. Further evaluation by specialists is recommended for any areas showing defects/deficiencies. A final walk-through inspection should be carried out the day before passing by the new owners to double-check the condition of the building.
WHY DO I NEED A HOME INSPECTION?
The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy, so that you can minimize unpleasant surprises and difficulties afterwards.
A home inspection also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase.
If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making, and to learn preventive measures that might avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, you may wish to have an inspection prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector, and an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies, however, anyone that mentions this website will receive a 50% DISCOUNT!
Similarly, the inspection fee may vary depending upon the size of the house, particular features of the house, its age, and possible additional services.
However, do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost when you are making the most important purchase in your life.
BEFORE THE INSPECTION:You have a goal, you want to be well informed, and you want to make a wise investment. Choose a home inspection company that understands your needs and will work with you to help you meet your goals.Be sure that your home inspection report will be a detailed written report, not a handwritten checklist that is given to you at the conclusion of the home inspection. A checklist may be void of details and may not provide all of the information advice you need.Don't be confused by home inspector "certifications" offered by, or sold by trade societies or companies. Certifications are available to anybody.
DURING THE INSPECTION:Be sure to attend the home inspection; the inspection could take anywhere from two to four hours. One picture is worth a thousand words, and this is a unique opportunity to learn about your new home and its systems.Be sure to ask questions. We have a simple philosophy, the only stupid question is the one you DON'T ask. Learn as much as you can from the home inspector after the inspection.Be sure that all of the following points are fully covered;
Once you find the home that's right for you, there's nothing more important than the foundation. You need to know that the home you are purchasing is properly leveled. The plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, and electrical systems should be thoroughly inspected and evaluated. The home inspector should look for aluminum electrical distribution wires, electrical systems that are not adequate for modern usage, lead and galvanized steel water supply pipes, aged and inefficient heating and air-conditioning systems, etc. Be sure to obtain a full verbal report at the time of Inspection by letting us show you around the house and presenting our findings. The home inspection report should be available in the next 48 hours after the home inspection but a full verbal report should be obtained at the conclusion of the home inspection.
AFTER THE INSPECTION:
You Should Know: The condition of the home you are purchasing, including all positive and negative aspects. What repairs are needed (as well as the urgency of those repairs) and the magnitude of the repair costs. The proper course of corrective repairs, and whether alternatives are available. If there are any safety issues that need immediate attention. You Should Expect: An easy-to-understand, detailed home inspection report in writing. Answers to any questions you may have regarding the report. The home inspector to be available to answer future questions. You Should Not Expect: The home inspector to offer to repair, for a fee, any uncovered defects. If you have any questions, or need further information, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help!