What is a home inspection?
- Thorough evaluation of all the major visible home systems
- Review of visible structural and mechanical elements
- Health and safety review including visual inspection for mold, and radon testing.
- General condition, especially areas that might appeal to pests
- Inspection of home systems like appliances, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical.
- Detailed digital inspection report with all the findings delivered same day.
What's included in a home inspection?
My quality home inspection includes coverage in four categories spanning over 400 points of inspection:
- Structural and mechanical aspects, including but not limited to, the foundation, the framing, the siding, the roof, and their associated parts. The attic and crawl space or basement are included.
- Component systems of the home, which include, electrical, heating, cooling, insulation, and ventilation.
- Health and safety issues that may impact how you'll live in the home. For example, radon, mold, carbon monoxide, gas leaks, tripping hazards and fall protection (railings), and pay special attention to features of the home that may affect children, the elderly, or pets.
- Conditions that could promote mold growth or be attractive to household pests. We have the knowledge to recognize signs of particular pets and fungal growth and determine the necessity to contact an licensed exterminator or mold remediation specialist.
WHAT IF THE INSPECTOR FINDS SOMETHING?
This is the part that very often allows for the inspection to pay for it self.
Your Realtor can help guide you through the process of getting bids to estimate the cost of fixing any issues the inspector identified. Once you know the cost, you can negotiate with the home owner to determine whether they'll fix the issue, or lower the home price so you can pay for the fix. As a matter of integrity and as part of our code of ethics Home Inspectors separate themselves from making repair quotes or directing you to specific service providers. Doing this ensures the inspection is completely unbiased.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE THE INSPECTION?
- Check in with your Realtor before the inspection to make sure they can provide access to the home.
- Make sure the utilities will be on, and that all systems in the home will be readily accessible. For example, there shouldn't be so many boxes stacked around the furnace that the inspector can't get to it.