Why get a Home Inspection?
If you are a Buyer emotions can come in to play and you may be overwhelmed trying to absorb all that is coming at you.. It is easy to overlook any existing or potential problems with your new home. Your Home Inspector is trained to identify any problems large or small that may have gone unnoticed by the previous owner or they may have been unaware of any such issues. As part of your inspection you will be furnished with a full 40-50 page report with photos outlining any current or potential issues of your new home.
If you are a Seller, by having an inspection you have done your best to disclose any existing issues with your Home. If any problems are found this gives you ample time to address any such issues and the opportunity to get any problems resolved and/or find a Contractor of your choice if desired.
What is a Walk and Talk? ( No Written Report)
If you are buying an ”as is” or flipper and you do not need a written report we can offer that at close to (half the price) of a standard inspection so you receive all of the information but no written report.
The same goes for a Seller who just wants a heads up on what needs to be updated or repaired but does not need a full written report but wants to be prepared before their home goes up for sale.
New Home Warranty Inspection
If you own a new home and your 12 month warranty is about to expire you may choose to have an inspection to be certain you have not overlooked any important issues or perhaps something that you are totally unaware of. This will be your last chance to have these items fixed at the cost of the contractor, after that the costs are on you.
What is a Home Inspection?
It is a visual non evasive inspection of your home, its structure and all of its components. Any such items that may be unsafe or not performing as intended or that may need further evaluation then any or all such items will be mentioned in your full written report.
What gets Inspected?
According to the ASHI Standards of Practice the following areas will be inspected:
- Structural Components: (Foundation, Roof/Attic Structure, Crawl spaces, Floor Joist, etc.)
- Exterior: ( Siding, Decks, Porches, Driveways, Facia, Soffits, Walkways, etc.)
- Roofing: (Roof Covering, Flashing, Skylights, Chimneys, Vents, etc.)
- Plumbing: (Interior Water Supply, Drain, Waste and Vent Systems, Water Heater, etc.)
- Electrical: ( Service Drop, Service Grounding, Service/Sub Panels, Fixtures, Switches, Receptacles, GFCI’s, AFCI’s, etc.)
- Heating: (Heating Equipment, Vents, Flues, etc.)
- Air Conditioning: ( Condensing Unit, Refrigerant Lines, Distribution Systems, Differentials, etc.)
- Interiors: ( Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Stairs, Rails, cabinets, windows, etc.)
- Insulation & Ventilation: (Insulation, Vapor Retarders, Attics, Ventilation Systems)
- Fireplaces/Fuel Burning Appliances: ( System Components, Chimney, Vents, etc.)
What if there are problems?
Relax, No Home is perfect and most issues found during a Home Inspection are maintenance recommendations, minor imperfections or life expectancies of appliances or components.
Most items and issues can be fixed or resolved so do not blow your purchase over little things, also keep in mind that the seller is not obligated to fix or repair anything mentioned in the report or on their disclosure list.
Can I join the Inspector during the Inspection?
Yes, we recommend that you walk along with us so that we can point out any current or potential structural or maintenance issues, or simply just recommend an energy saving tip that you will benefit from. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have and show you how your home functions as a whole.