Simply said, a professional home inspection is a thorough examination of the all the visible and accessible major mechanical systems and structural components of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential problems that would significantly affect the purchasers buying decision.
A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as you can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition. A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a pre-listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyers inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.
Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the homes heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, major kitchen appliances and plumbing fixtures, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.
No, you aren't required to be there for the inspection. But 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 inspection. By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you'll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection.
The time will vary depending on both the size, age and condition of the home. For the average home, 2-3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes, or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.
It is recommended. A professional inspection of a new home is important because conditions can change after the municipal building inspector has signed off on a particular item. It is not unusual to find that subcontractors have taken short cuts or make changes without approval, creating problem conditions that may not become obvious for several years.
In many cases, after they have moved into their new house, homeowners ask that we do a final walk-thru inspection with them before their punch list period expires. They often feel that they are experiencing more then the normal "new house problems" and need the expertise of a professional to either confirm their feelings or put them at ease.
Chances are that even if you are very familiar with home construction, you still don't have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional Home Inspector. We've inspected thousands of homes. We are not only familiar with all the systems of a home, and how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us that they are getting ready to fail. But beyond the technical expertise and experience a professional inspector brings, it is important to remember that the 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 judgment. The professional inspector will provide an objective outside reporting of the facts.
Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.
No. The code of ethics in our standards of practice prohibits home inspectors from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Our purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.