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What Is A Home Inspection And What Does It Cover?
A home is the biggest purchase most people will ever make, and a home inspection is always recommended before buying a home. It’s important to realize the condition of your investment.
While some little quirks may be nothing to worry about, there may be more serious issues that only a professional home inspector can assess.
A large part of surviving the home inspection is understanding what is and what isn't included. Here’s a helpful infographic that shows you what’s covered in a home inspection
WHAT'S WRONG HERE?
To the untrained eye, you may not see the potential shock hazard in this image. But a certified Home Inspector will see that there is not a GFCI Receptacle installed next to a water source. This is one of the many reasons a home inspection is important. It's not only to see what you are going to be investing in but what you will need to invest to make sure your home is safe and functions properly.
WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU INSPECTED YOUR ROOF?
You probably rarely, if at all get on your roof. It can be dangerous if you are not careful. Getting on the roof is probably one of the most dangerous services a home inspector will provide during your home inspection. And it's not always something we can do. Things like weather, roofing materials, the slope of the roof, or the condition of the roof can determine whether walking a roof is even an option. In most cases, the inspector should get up on the roof. Are you going to see the mildew growing or the shingles deteriorating away? Probably not from the ground. A certified inspector should walk the roof whenever possible.
UNDERSTANDING THE POTENTIAL INVESTMENT
After the inspection, you will receive a report of the findings. We deliver this in a digital format with clear, high resolution photos and videos. The report is delivered within 24 hours of the inspection taking place. This report will give you all the details from the inspection and the function home so you can make an informed decision. Check out a sample report
THE INSPECTORS ROLE
As an Inspector, we are here to educate you on the functionality and safety of the home. A professional inspector should adhere to a code of ethics that is standardized throughout the industry. We are here to give you an unbiased opinion and let you know what you are potentially going to be investing in. Is that furnace working as it should? Are there water stains in the attic? Do you need a new roof? Going through the home and inspecting all the components allows us to give you all the information you need to help you make an informed decision.
How Does The Home Inspection Process Work?
The home inspection process it self is easy and informative. I know with our clients it can also be an exciting process. You want to make sure you find an inspector you feel comfortable with. Many realtors have inspectors they recommend, which many times makes the process easy and convenient for you. However, we recommend looking around and talking to a few inspectors. Many times we hear from clients that there previous inspector was very thorough but wasn't the best with communication. Sometimes it's the exact opposite. Bedside manner along with knowledge of a home and it's components should go hand in hand. This makes any issues that come up in the inspection easily communicated and you know what steps you need to take.
Once you find the right person for you, the inspector will go over what to expect leading up to and after the inspection is complete. Including how long the inspection should take, extra services like Radon, Water Quality testing, Septic, etc... the fee and how they deliver the information to you.
You should plan on attending the inspection. This is a great time for you to familiarize yourself with the home, its workings and see first hand any issues that are detected. An experienced inspector should have a detailed, easy to read report that is provided but nothing is better than seeing everything first hand.
Once the inspections is complete, we will deliver you a report within 24 hours. This is usually a digital report and very easy to understand and navigate through. The report is essential as it tells you everything about the home and any defects found. The list can be a honey do list or a documentation of something more serious, like a structure defect. You can see an sample report here.
If there are any major issues found, you can talk with your realtor and use the report to decide on how to move forward.
Don't Take Our Word For It....
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