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A Typical Home Inspection
What really matters when choosing a home inspector? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often, it has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short amount time. This will include a detailed written report that includes photographs, other reports and information, and what the inspector says during the inspection. All of this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself, makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do? Call me at 405-514-8583 or email email@example.com and then:
Relax. Most of your inspection findings will be maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, there are issues that really matter, and these are the ones you are paying us to discover:
1. Major defects. An example of this would be a heating or air conditioner failure.
2. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof leak, for example.
3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.
4. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property, and many times the seller would be happy to fix them.
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. No home is perfect and you should keep things in perspective. You do not want to kill your deal over things that do not matter. And you should realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure or nit-picky items. However, do realize that an inspection report can be one of your best bargaining tools and you should use the information to your advantage. Call me at 405-514-8583 and I'll tell you how. And see how my reports are different than their reports. The report is, after all, what you are paying for.
Our home inspection reports are thorough. They are not just a checklist handed to you at the end of the building inspection. Believe it or not, some home inspectors are proud of the fact that they inspect your home in 2 hours and hand you a checklist with yes/no boxes at the end of the inspection. What did you just pay for? You won't get that when you hire us. A typical inspection lasts 3 - 4 hours as we go through our inspection checklist to ensure that every area that is visible is inspected and that you will receive your detailed written report with pictures in electronic form shortly after. As an Oklahoma Licensed Home Inspector, we are required by state law to follow the standards set forth by the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board. This means I will attempt to inspect all of the following (when accessible):
- Roof, vents, flashings, and trim,
- Gutters and downspouts,
- Skylights, chimney's and other roof penetrations,
- Decks, stoops, porches, driveways, walkways, and railings,
- Eaves, soffit and fascia,
- Grading and drainage,
- Basement, foundation and crawlspace,
- Water penetration and foundation movement,
- Attic spaces,
- Heating systems,
- Cooling systems,
- Installed appliances,
- Main water shut off valves,
- Water heating system,
- Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets,
- Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats,
- Electrical service line and meter box,
- Main disconnect and service amperage,
- Electrical panels, breakers and fuses,
- Grounding and bonding,
- GFCIs and AFCIs,
- Fireplace damper door and hearth,
- Insulation and ventilation,
- Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers,
- And much more...
If you need a home inspection performed in Oklahoma, don't settle for anything less than an experienced, certified, home inspector. I have over 25 years of commercial and residential construction experience. I have taken the college level inspection course required by the State of Oklahoma and passed the National Licensing Test. I am a Certified Professional Inspector. I attend a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education each year and have continuing education credits in: Electrical, Plumping, Roofing, Exterior, Structure, and HVAC Inspections, just to name a few. Call me at 405-514-8583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a free quote or to schedule your inspection in Edmond, OK or the Oklahoma City Metro Area.
Why Hire Me?
You've looked at a dozen websites about Oklahoma home inspectors. They all say the same thing. Now let's get to what really matters. EXPERIENCE. Not just experience in home inspections, but experience in home building and repair. If you hire me to inspect your home, you'll get an expert who is a home builder and has the practical experience and technical knowledge to assess the condition of any home built in Oklahoma.
Home Inspectors in Oklahoma are required to be licensed. Never hire one that isn't. Mine is #649. But let's face it, anyone can take a class, study, and pass the test. Don't get me wrong, the test is long and detailed, but if you can study, you can pass it, and during this last recession, many did. (Teachers, firemen, realtors, students, retirees, etc.) But that doesn't mean you can inspect a home and find the problems and safety issues that matter to a home buyer. I can, and do every day. I am a professional building inspector, who has been certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors with decades of experience and 100's of hours of training.
I have over 25 years of construction experience. I am a home builder. I have skilled trade experience, actual hands-on experience, in most every aspect of the construction industry. I have formed and poured foundations, installed and repaired plumbing systems, electrical systems, roofing, siding, brick, stone, framing, doors and windows, wall boards, paint, cabinets, flooring, and fireplaces. I have built and repaired swimming pools, installed and repaired sprinkler systems, and repaired well systems. Ask a potential home inspector what practical experience they have. If they have as much as I do, hire them, they will do a good job. But guess what, there are only a handful of us, so save yourself some time and call me now at 405-514-8583 or email me at email@example.com to discuss your home purchase and how I can help you make a wise decision.
How Much Does It Cost?
How much more is this house going to cost me, is of course, the next thing you've been trying to figure out. I'll answer that question by helping you understand this: Like any professional, the price of the inspection is directly related to the experience and expertise of the Inspector and how much work that Inspector spends on your project. I schedule one inspection a day and devote my full attention to your house. If you are looking for the least expensive home inspection in Oklahoma, then you can stop right here and find a less qualified person to inspect your house. In this profession, it is absolutely true; you get what you pay for. Considering your new home will probably be the most expensive thing you ever buy, you should call me at 405-514-8583 or email me, and let's discuss how I can help you out. Receiving a detailed inspection report, with pictures, from an expert, is not as expensive as you might think. See an example of my inspection reports at the top of this page. You won't find many inspectors who produce this much detail.
My Promise To You
Unlike most professionals, the first time we will meet will be at the inspection. And different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods and yes, different pricing. One thing for sure, a professional home inspection requires work, a lot of work. Ultimately a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector's own effort. If you honor me by permitting me to inspect your new home, I guarantee that I will give you my very best effort. And I'll always be your inspector, for as long as you own your home. Call me any time with questions about repairs and maintenance. My clients call me years later, and I can usually save them money and time by helping them solve their problems. For a Home Inspection in Edmond, OK or the Oklahoma City metro area, call 405-514-8583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.