WHICHEVER SIDE OF THE “FOR SALE” SIGN YOU’RE ON, A QUALITY HOME INSPECTION IS ESSENTIAL!!
Types of Home Inspections
Anyone selling their home should get a home inspection. But getting one before listing your property puts you ahead of the game, addressing any deficiencies in the home before buyers find them, helps increase the value of your home to get the best price and reduce the time it’s on the market. Knowing what, if any, repairs to make so that you can market your home most effectively.
Getting a pre-purchase inspection is just smart. It reduces the risk of unexpected and costly surprises, and helps you feel completely comfortable with your home purchase decision. In fact, many clients have saved thousands of dollars during renegotiations based on report findings, while others have avoided purchasing a “money pit”. You will want to know that the home you are considering is safe and sound, avoiding any unwelcome and costly surprises. Hiring an unbiased third party inspector ensures that the home inspection does what it’s meant to do – protect you, the home owner. Knowing the property’s condition will help you make an informed investment decision either to buy, buy with repair conditions on the seller, or keep looking.
Even new homes can (and often do) have defects. These can be due to substandard construction methods, poor workmanship, cost-cutting, or items which have simply been overlooked, despite the builder’s best intentions. Sometimes builders and/or city building department inspectors fail to catch everything. A new home deficiency inspection can make the difference between happy home ownership and unpleasant surprises.
A maintenance inspection is essentially the same as a standard home inspection, but the inspection is done for the current owner. Think of a maintenance inspection as checkup visits to the doctor or dentist that need only happen every five years or so. A maintenance inspection will help to prioritize a home improvement list, and to hopefully find out about small problems before they turn into big ones. In some cases, a maintenance inspection will reveal that what was thought to be a small problem has already turned into a big one. A maintenance inspection also gives homeowners a chance to have a professional home inspector answer questions with a completely unbiased viewpoint. The home inspector isn’t there to sell anything. We’re just there to give unbiased, accurate information.
What is Inspected?
- ROOF, CHIMNEY, FLASHING, VALLEYS
- SIDING, TRIM, WINDOWS, SKYLIGHTS
- LANDSCAPING, GRADING, DRAINAGE
- GUTTERS, DOWNSPOUTS
- DRIVEWAYS, PATIOS, DECKS, PORCHES
- HVAC SYSTEMS
- ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
- PLUMBING SYSTEMS
- CEILINGS, WALLS, FLOORING, WINDOWS
- FOUNDATION, SUPPORT STRUCTURES, FRAMING
- ATTIC, SHEATHING, VENTILATION
- BASEMENTS, CRAWLSPACES