What Is A Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a professional, complete visual examination in writing of all the systems and physical structural elements of a home. Our emphasis is on identifying existing or potential deficiencies that would affect the home as a system.

What Are The Different Types Of Home Inspections You Offer?

-Residential Complete Home Inspection = Encompasses all aspects of a home either requested by the seller/buyer of real-estate transaction, or by a homeowner to have helpful information about the home as a complete system. Includes Exterior, Grounds, Drive/Walks, Structure, Insulation/Venting, Doors, Windows, Plumbing, Heating/Cooling, Electrical, Roofing, Interior, and Foundation.
-Four Point Inspection = This inspection includes a limited report of the four major components of a home. This inspection report is requested typically by insurance providers to accurately calculate insurability. Includes Roofing, Heating/Cooling, Electrical, and Plumbing. This report is slightly different than a full inspection because insurance providers don’t need all of the details required in a full report.
-Pool Inspection = This inspection includes a report of pool condition, and safety features. Pool fencing, enclosures, filtering, heaters, cleaner equipment, liners, and decking are evaluated on this report.
-Detached Structures = Additional detached structures on the property are not included in the full home report so this service is offered for outbuildings, detached garages, shops, or sheds to provide a full report on the condition of these items as well.
-Wind Mitigation Inspection = This report is required to establish the premium amount insurance providers charge. Certain features of a home resist damage during severe storms or hurricanes, and can reduce insurance costs also. This report is provided to insurers and clients. Recommended when searching for insurance coverage rates or when updates for storm stability have been made.
-Energy Efficiency Inspection = This report is an assessment of the homes ability to resist energy loss. Brings to light areas of the home that will increase the efficiency, and help homeowners know where they should best spend their dollar making updates.

Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy. A written report will include advice about ways to preserve the property and bring to light the condition of the home at the time of the inspection. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property, systems and structural elements.
If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection may be used to identify problems in the making and take preventative measures which might avoid costly repairs in the future. If you are planning to sell your home on the market, you may wish to have an inspection performed prior to placing your home on the market. This will give you a better understanding of the conditions which may be discovered by the buyer's inspector and give you an opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in a better selling position. Having an inspection will help you comply with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property.

Can I Do It Myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and years of expertise to do a professional home inspection. An inspector is familiar with the elements and the most current information on home construction. The inspector will be completely objective and unbiased about the home.

Do I Have To Be There?

Although it is not necessary for you to be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to accompany the inspector and ask questions directly as you learn about the condition of the home. Helpful information will also be offered about how systems work and how to maintain them. You will also find the written report easier to understand and reap the most benefit by being present during the inspection.

How Long Does The Inspection Take?

The time will vary depending on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes, 3 hours is pretty typical. But for larger homes or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.

Does A Newly Built Home Need An Inspection?

Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early while they are still easy to correct. It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or has not done quality work.

Who Hires The Inspector?

The Client usually retains the inspector. The client could be a homeowner or a homebuyer. The Inspector works for you and the report cannot be disclosed to anyone else without your written consent.

What If Problems Are Found In My Inspection Report?

A Certified Home Inspector can point out existing or potential problems that would require attention either by the seller or buyer.
As a buyer you can save yourself from problems you never contemplated when buying the house you wanted.
As a seller, you are complying with current disclosure laws concerning the sale of your property and are given information to address possible issues if desired.
It is completely up to the client what they wish to do with the information, whether used as a negotiating device by a buyer, or as a guide to make necessary repairs to the property by a seller. This is the best tool to be informed and to understand how to best preserve your home.

Do You Offer Termite or Mold Inspections?

During a home inspection, possible additional issues may be uncovered suggesting additional inspecting for mold or termites. We currently do not offer these services although some recommendations may be offered.

What Should I Look For When Hiring A Home Inspector?

The purchase of a property may likely be the most expensive investment people will make in their lifetime. It doesn't make sense to just choose the least expensive inspector you can find. Check for "Certifications" before hiring an inspector. Be sure you choose one that is licensed and insured.