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A home inspection is a non-invasive examination of a home’s structure and systems, including plumbing, electrical work, heating, and cooling systems, water, and sewage. The inspector will also examine the structure for signs of insect, fire, or water damage. The inspector will assess the property’s condition and deliver a report detailing the findings.
A home inspection can be a deciding factor on whether to purchase the home. A home inspection is simply done to clue a homebuyer or seller in on any defects or issues with the home that might not have been obvious at first glance. An informed buyer will be able to make a sound decision based on the information provided to them by the home inspection. It is not the same as an appraisal which the lender requires to determine the value should a mortgage be needed.
Keep your little problems from turning into big problems! A home maintenance inspection for homeowners is like an annual physical that can catch issues early. It can provide peace of mind and ensure safety and potentially avoid future costly repairs. You will have a chance to ask questions or get clarifications from your inspector. The report you receive will give digital photos and a narrative detailing repairs and maintenance needed to protect one of your most significant investments. Every three to five years, it is recommended to have a home maintenance check-up.
Yes, we perform pre-listing inspections. A pre-listing home inspection is the same process for both the buyer and seller. However, it is the seller who requests a pre-list home inspection. The pre-list home inspection informs the seller of the current home condition. The seller can decide what repairs to complete or not complete. The report gives them their checklist in various categories of items to be fixed. Pre-listing inspections can take away the stressful element of surprise for the homeowner. It also helps prevent offer renegotiations, extensive buyer repair requests, and the possibility of buyers walking away while already in contract.
Sellers can make the reports available to potential buyers to expedite the real estate transaction process.
No, we do not perform commercial property inspections.
Buying a home is probably the most significant investment you will make. Protecting it is critical. A home inspection is an essential step in the home buying process. The inspection can uncover vital information about the house’s condition, so you are making an informed decision.
Having an inspection empowers the buyers to negotiate in certain market conditions.
Investopediabest explains, Potential home buyers often hire home inspectors to research a property and acquire a written report that details its condition, including assessing necessary or recommended repairs, maintenance concerns, and any other potentially costly issues. The home inspector will assess the home’s physical structure, from the foundation to the roof and the home's systems. This assessment will determine if the house is up to code.
A home inspection can tell a homebuyer a lot about a newly constructed home or an existing house and save them money and aggravation. For sellers, having an inspection before putting their home on the market can afford them the chance to make structural repairs or upgrade and replace systems that may increase the likelihood of a sale.
A report's assessment can include everything from material defects that negatively impact a home's value to minor cosmetic blemishes. Based on the evaluation, the buyer may decide to proceed with the sale, schedule additional inspections, renegotiate the sale price with the homeowner, ask that certain repairs be made, or cancel the contract. If the buyer requests significant repairs, they may also ask for a reinspection with the original inspector to verify that the original problem identified has been remedied.
The most common components checked during a home inspection include:
- Electrical system
- Heating system
- Cooling system
- Exterior structures
- Interior structures
A home inspection is a visual assessment of a property to determine the current state of its structure and mechanics. Think of a home inspection as an annual check-up at the doctor’s – you want to ensure everything is working properly and identify any weak points that could become an issue down the line.
It provides an unbiased, expert perspective on the severity of any damage or issues to determine which problems will or will not impact your future decisions.
For over 17 years, as a certified inspector, Jeff has been the inspector of choice that realtors, contractors, and builders use for their homes. He engages with clients onsite to ensure a thorough understanding of issues and findings. Jeff has many repeat clients due to client confidence and trust in his inspection process and report. As a bonus, you will support a small, locally owned business which is greatly appreciated!
Depending on the home’s square footage and lot, along with the age of the house, a home inspection typically takes 2-4 hours. If there are detached units or outbuildings, that time can increase.
A home inspection’s cost varies based on size, age, and location. Our home inspections begin at $350 and can increase based on the variable factors.
Yes, we encourage our clients to be present for the home inspection. This provides them one-on-one time with the inspector to see firsthand the findings and obtain a better insight into the condition and systems of the home. A summary can be given to the client by phone if they cannot attend.
We have a wide range of clients based on their needs or purpose. These include:
- Buyers (Residential inspection)
- Sellers (Pre-list inspection)
- Homeowners (Home Maintenance Checkup inspection)
- If you are required per bank or financing requirements
- Renters who are moving into rental unit/property (Residential inspection)
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