Buyers and Sellers from a Quality Home Inspection
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection
is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the and certifications
to perform such inspections. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written report of findings. The client then uses the knowledge gained to make informed decisions about their pending real estate purchase
. The home inspector describes the condition of the home at the time of inspection but does not guarantee future condition, efficiency, or life expectancy of systems or components.
What does a Home Inspection include?
An inspector will check the roof
, heating system
, water heater
, air-conditioning system
, and many other aspects of buildings looking for improper building practices, those items that require extensive repairs, items that are general maintenance issues, as well as some issues. However, it should also be noted that a home inspection is not technically exhaustive and does not imply that every defect
will be discovered. A general list of exclusions include but are not limited to: code or zoning violations, permit research, property measurements or surveys
, boundaries, easements or right of way, conditions of title, proximity to environmental hazards, noise interference, soil or geological conditions, well water systems or water quality, underground and/or waste disposal systems, buried piping, cisterns, underground water tanks and sprinkler systems to name a few.
A home inspector is sometimes confused with a real estate appraiser
. A home inspector determines the condition of a structure, whereas an appraiser determines the value of a property. Although not all states or municipalities in the U.S. regulate , there are some professional associations for that provide , training
, and networking opportunities. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an inspection to verify compliance with appropriate codes.
Why do I need a Home Inspection?
Buying a house
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 costly future 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 will it cost?
The inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age and possible optional services such as septic, well or .
Do not let cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a . Use the inspector’s qualifications, including experience, training
, compliance with your state’s regulations, if any, and professional affiliations as a guide.
Can a house fail a home 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 for a Home Inspection ?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales 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.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may to make repairs.
If the house proves 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.
Realtors recommend that buyers and sellers obtain professional home inspections for their own protection. Home inspection has become a "Must Have" for home buyers and valuable marketing tool for sellers.
Here's why. An independent home inspector is completely objective.
Buyers want to know that a home is safe, structurally and mechanically sound, and free of health risks. Our home inspector's visual evaluation will provide a solid foundation of knowledge about the home, it's components and systems. In addition to reporting any deficiencies or potential failures, our home inspector will include maintenance tips and other information to help you protect your investment.
For the seller, our home inspector will conduct a comprehensive visual inspection - inside and out. The inspector's report will identify deficiencies that must be disclosed to potential buyers. It will include recommendations for repairs that may enhance the marketability of your home. A professional home inspection can help you sell your home faster at the highest possible price. A pre-sale inspection is a valuable marketing tool.
Our comprehensive home inspection includes visual evaluation of nearly 400 different items that affect the safety, condition and value of a home.
Our exterior evaluation includes:
- Roof, Flashing, Valleys
- Siding, Trim, Windows
- Landscaping, Grading, Drainage
- Gutters, Downspouts
- Driveways, Patios, Decks, Porches
- HVAC Systems
Our Interior evaluation includes:
- HVAC Systems
- Plumbing Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Windows
- Attic, Ventilation
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