Why Get a Home Inspection?

Buying a new home may be one of the biggest investments of your lifetime. Getting a professional home inspection can help you understand the current condition of the property. If you are selling your home, consider getting your own inspection to minimize the number of big surprises uncovered when you try to negotiate the sale. Either way, getting a home inspection can help you with your investment and maybe even your personal safety.


What is a home inspection?
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.


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 any problems or safety concerns with the home before moving in.

Home Sellers: More and more sellers are choosing to have a thorough inspection before or during the listing of 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 a price 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 and short time schedules.


What if the report reveals problems?
All homes (even new construction) have issues. Every issue has a solution. Solutions vary from a simple fix of the component to adjusting the purchase price. Having a home inspection allows the issue to be addressed before the sale closes.


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, basement, and visible structure. We also offer additional services not included in a typical home inspection, such as radon and water testing.


What should I NOT expect from a home inspection?

Should I attend the home inspection?
It is often helpful to be there so the home inspector can explain in person and answer any questions you may have. This is an excellent way to learn about your new home. But be sure to give the home inspector time and space to concentrate and focus so he can do the best job possible for you.