Why Are Home Inspections Important?
You’ve seen the shiny buffed floors and sparkling granite countertops, and maybe you’ve even flushed all the toilets, but before you put down a deposit and agree to take on a huge mortgage, you need to make sure that everything you don’t see is in good working order.You’ll want to make sure the heating or A/C unit isn’t about to die, the foundation isn’t silently cracking, and the roof isn’t about to spring a huge leak. If you arrange for a house inspection by a professional before the sale goes through, the problem is still the seller’s. If you choose not to have a home inspection done, the problem, unfortunately, becomes yours.
What Happens at a Home Inspection?
• Heating and Cooling System
• Electrical System
• BasementInspections will typically NOT include analysis for problems which licensed professionals generally give advice. These issues include:
• Chemicals & Gasses (e.i. asbestos/ methane gas)
You should inquire into the presence of such problems.
Inspectors may be more willing to share such information “off the record” (because of their lack of certification in a particular area) and then you can call a professional in that field to give a written analysis.For example, you might ask an inspector if there is a termite problem, and he may tell you that there’s a good chance of it but not put it in his report. It would be incumbent upon you to get a pest inspection of the house to get an official report.
Not only will you learn more about the process and what to look for, he may give you information on small flaws that he may not include in a report but you might want to be aware of for the future.
A house inspection will run about $300 to $500, depending on the person doing the inspection and factors such as the size of the home, age and type of home.
What We Inspect
We do a non-invasive inspection of all the components of a home including:
HEATING/ VENTILATION and AIR CONDITIONING(HVAC)
KITCHEN & BATHROOM
WINDOWS & DOORS
WATER HEATERDECKS & PORCHES
Houses Built Before 1980
Inspections +50 Miles
Radon Test– With Complete Inspection-
Radon Test – No Inspection-
Bacteria & E-Coli Water Test-With Complete Inspection-
Bacteria & E-Coli Water Test-No Inspection-
Transcript provided by InterNACHI, the home inspector organization>