A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure and components of a home to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem or a symptom of a problem is found the home inspector will include a description of the problem in a written report and may recommend further evaluation.

WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE?

A home inspector’s report will review the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, and visible structure. We also offer additional services not included in a standard/basic home inspection such as Radon Testing, Well, Septic, and Termite Inspections, Thermal Imaging Scans (thermography) and Complete Home Energy Audit Services.

WHY IS A HOME INSPECTION IMPORTANT?

Home Buyers:Emotion often affects the buyer and makes it hard to imagine any problems with their new home. A buyer needs a home inspection to find out all the problems possible with the home before moving in. More and more sellers are choosing to have a thorough inspection before or when they first list their home. First and foremost, you should have a home inspection for full disclosure. You will have demonstrated that you did all you could do to reveal any defects within the home. Second, you will save money and hassle by knowing now what your defects are, not after you have already negotiated and are faced with costly repairs discovered on the buyers inspection. Defects found before the buyer comes along allow you to shop around for a contractor and not deal with inflated estimates that a buyer will present.

WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?

All homes (even new construction) have problems. Every problem has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price but having a home inspection allows the problem to be addressed before the sale closes.

WHAT IF THE REPORT REVEALS PROBLEMS?

  • A home inspection is not protection against future failures. Components like Air Conditioners and Heat Systems can break down. A home inspection tells you the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty if available.
  • A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will a home inspector tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.
  • A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance. A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks. A home inspector thinks “Safety” not “Code” when performing a home inspection.

IAC2 MOLD INSPECTION CERTIFICATION

Our IAC2 Mold Certification allows our inspectors to use the most up-to-date and standardized practices to ensure that the air quality in the home will be safe for you and your family.

DOES YOUR HOME INSPECTOR USE AN INFRARED CAMERA?

If not they may not be telling you the whole story about your new home!