What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an unbiased visual, non intrusive examination of a home to determine the current physical condition of the structure and systems of the home. We strive to find the positive attributes of the home and systems as well as any current or potential deficiencies that may cause damage or be a safety hazard to our clients.
What does a home inspection include?
Our standard home inspection will include a computer generated report covering the current condition of the structure, roofing, exterior, electrical system, heating and cooling systems, insulation and ventilation, plumbing, interior, appliances and the fireplace. The report will include pictures of any problem areas as well as potential remedies for any deficiencies found and maintenance suggestions to help improve the life expectancy of the home.
Why do I need a home inspection?
It is for your protection. As the potential home buyer our inspection can help protect you from costly and or health safety issues that you or the seller may not be aware of. Our responsibility to you is to provide you with as much information as possible to avoid costly surprises and giving you a foundation on which to base an informed purchasing decision.
Who needs an inspection?
If you are buying a home this is the best value going for you during the purchasing process. Seldom is it that we can’t cover the costs of our inspection with the deficiencies found, even on new homes. Many times a buyer can take the information we provide and negotiate the repair costs with the seller into the purchase agreement saving you time, money and headaches.
If you are a current home owner, our inspection can help you prevent unknown long term damage to your home as well as provide maintenance suggestions to help improve current conditions and potential energy reductions of your home and systems.
If you are selling a home, our pre listing inspection is highly recommended. Our experience has shown us that many home purchases are cancelled due to existing conditions that the seller was unaware of such as water in the crawlspace or mold in the attic. As potential buyers are hard enough to come by these days, our pre listing inspection can help take the surprise out of these deficiencies by recognizing them and making needed repairs prior to putting your home on the market and helping you to complete the transaction.
Why can't I do the inspection myself?
Even the most experienced home owner lacks the knowledge and expertise of our inspectors. This is what we do day in and day out. Our inspectors are familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation of all systems and local building practices. The majority of potential home buyers are already emotionally attached to the home they have chosen and cannot look at the home in an unemotional perspective. While we understand that this can be an exciting and special moment in your life, we also know it is likely the biggest purchase and we need to look at this transaction thru unbiased glasses in order to best serve you interests.
Do I have to be there during the inspection?
We prefer it. Being present at least part of the time during the inspection can help educate you about your new home and how to best operate the systems of the home as well as walking you thru any deficiencies we find. This can help make sense of it all when you receive your report. Our experience has shown that most people tend to get bored during an inspection as it can take several hours. Our suggestion to you is to show up during the last hour of the inspection then we can walk you thru the report and systems of the home.