Home Inspection

mark-roofWhat is a Home Inspection?

A Home Inspection is a visual noninvasive assessment of vital systems and components to identify and detect major defects. We can also make appropriate recommendations for specialists in the field for any necessary improvements.

  • Comprehensive, User Friendly Computer Generated Report
  • Color Digital Photos of House Clearly Illustrating Problem Areas
  • Reports are emailed within 48 hours
  • Summary Page Lists Overviews of Defects, Safety Issues, and Areas of Concerns

Why do I need a home inspection?

  • Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.
  • If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid future costly repairs.
  • If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

What does a home inspection include?

  • The standard home inspector’s report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing, and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components.

Why can’t I do it myself?

  • Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the expertise of a professional home inspector . An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together as well as why they fail.
  • Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.

Can a house fail an inspection?

  • No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

When do I call a home inspector?

  • Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

Do I have to be there?

  • While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended.
  • You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.

What if the report finds a problem?

  • No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
    If the house proved to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection? Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.
  • The bottom line: Spending hundreds may save thousands
    When you make a written offer on a house, you should insist on a home inspection contingency by a qualified inspector. You will have the inspection yourself, but it could keep you from buying a house that will cost you repairs down the road. If you are satisfied with the results of the inspection, then you proceed.