Whole Home Inspections
……where we take the mystery out of the home inspection process.
There are many ways a home inspection can help in any decision you make regarding a home. We've tried to provide answers to many of the most frequently asked questions.
What is a home inspection?
The inspection is a visual examination of the accessible structure and systems of a building. If you are thinking of buying a home or condominium you should have it thoroughly inspected by an experienced and impartial professional inspector before the final purchase.
Why should I have a home inspection before I purchase a new home?
The home you are considering buying is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know what to expect, as best you can. The inspector interprets visible clues, both inside and outside the home, then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property. Our goal is to help you can avoid unpleasant surprises. During the inspection we will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the types of maintenance needed to keep it in good working order. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision with confidence.
Why should I have a pre-listing home inspection before I put my home on the market?
As the home seller, especially if you have owned the home for a while, an inspection can help to identify potential concerns that may impact the sale or selling price of your home. We can often recommend pre-emptive measures which might help to avoid future expensive repairs.
If your Realtor has recommended a home inspection, it is because your Realtor wants you to be a totally informed purchaser or seller. They are looking out for your best interest by suggesting that a qualified home inspector evaluate the property you are about to purchase or sell.
What gets inspected when I have a professional home inspection?
• Complete Exterior
• Proper Drainage around the structure
• Siding and Masonry
• Complete Interior
• Heating Equipment
• Furnace and Heat Pumps
• Air Conditioning
• Crawl Space & Ventilation
When should I request an Inspection?
The inspection is usually performed right after an offer is made and accepted. The real estate contract needs to allow for a grace period to inspect the home. Ask your professional Real Estate agent to include an inspection clause in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional inspection.
How long will the inspection take?
Typically, the thorough inspection will take approximately one hour per 1,000 square foot of the home. While it is not required, it is recommended that you, as the client, be there the entire time. The inspection often provides opportunities to learn more, as questions are not only allowed, they are recommended.