What is a Home Inspection?
A home Inspection is a professional, complete visual examination of the all of the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would affect a purchaser's buying decision, or provide them with information they can use to their advantage when negotiating with the sellers.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
A home is by far, the largest purchase most people will ever make. Learning as much as possible about the house you are interested in before you make that final financial commitment only makes sense. You can avoid costly repairs and problems with your new home if you are informed about all of these problems prior to making the huge financial commitment. Our thorough, accurate home inspection report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition for many years to come. A home inspection by a certified, professional home inspector will give you a clear picture of the many systems, components and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a listing home Inspection will point out any problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer's home inspector. Discovering them early will give you the opportunity to address them before listing your home, in preparation for a quicker and smoother sale.
Should I be there for the Home Inspection?
You are not required to be there for the home Inspection. However we highly recommend that you be present. It's a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the home Inspection. By following your home inspector you can ask questions directly and the home inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you will be able to better understand the finished home inspection report and get the most benefit from it by having attended the home Inspection. We will not leave the property until you are satisfied we have answered all of your questions.
Can I just do the home inspection myself?
Chances are that even If you happen to be very familiar with home construction, you still do not have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We have inspected thousands of homes. We are not only familiar with all of the systems and components of a home, how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for warning signs for potential problems. But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional home Inspector brings, it is important to remember that the home inspector remains an impartial third party. If you are involved in buying or selling a house, it's impossible for you to remain completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your good judgment. The professional home inspector will provide unbiased, objective reporting of the facts.
What does a Home Inspection Include?
Our home inspections cover all of the major systems, components, and structural elements of the house such as ceilings, windows, walls, floors, doors electrical, plumbing, HVAC, roof, structure, grade and drainage plus a visual mold and wood destroying insect inspection. Items cosmetic in nature are not reported, but may be discussed. Maintenance is an ongoing part of home ownership and will be discussed throughout the inspection.
How long will the Home Inspection take?
The time will vary depending on the size, condition and age of the home. For most homes, 2 - 3 hours Is an average time. We will not leave the property until our client has exhausted all questions and feels comfortable with our inspection.
Do newly constructed homes need Home Inspections?
Absolutely recommended. A professional home Inspection of a new home is very important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It's especially valuable to arrange for a home inspection before the interior walls are finished, if possible. As qualified home Inspectors, we may find problem areas where the sub-contractors have taken shortcuts or have exhibited poor workmanship.