What to expect at your Home Inspection!

Your home inspection will be a non-invasive, visual examination of all attainable areas of the home your looking to buy. It is designed to target on the performance and conditions of the home, rather than codes, cosmetic or design matters. The home inspection will not reveal every issue that exists or ever could exist, but only those material deficiencies observed on the day of the inspection. If there is a home inspection contingency in your offer, reported shortcomings can help you renegotiate with the seller to fix certain items, drop the price or simply walkaway!

The areas below that are attainable will be inspected for safe and operational conditions.

  • Roof
  • Exterior
  • Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Doors, Windows & Interior
  • Attic, Insulation & Ventilation
  • Fireplace

A material defect is a problem with a system or component of the home that may have adverse effects on the property value, or may pose a safety risk to people. Systems or components that are near, at, or beyond its useful life expectancy is not in itself a material defect.

Your written home inspection report will identify defects within specific systems and components that are both observed and deemed material by inspection standards. Any major deficiencies found during your home inspection should be further inspected by a professional in that field.

Residential Home Inspections

Your home inspection will take between 2 to 3 hours to complete. All areas as described above will be inspected and deficiencies reported using the Home Gauge Inspection software. Your report will be completed within 24 hours and a PDF copy will be sent for immediate use concerning any necessary deficiencies. Any major deficiencies found during your home inspection should be further inspected by a professional in that field. You will be able to communicate more effectively through your report any deficiencies in need of further inspection. It is very important to have defects stated in the report further inspected, so if possible, make contact with contractors before making your offer. Plumbers, Electricians, Roofers and Heating and Cooling technicians are the most frequently needed from my experience.

Manufactured Home Inspections

Inspecting your manufactured/mobile home is a little different than a standard frame home. There are usually additional requirements to be met for most lenders. Please ask your lender about anchoring, blocking and pier inspection requirements before your inspection window begins. For the rest of the home, your inspection should take about 2 to 3 hours depending on the size and circumstances of the home. Your report findings and recommendations will be handled as with the residential inspection description above. Once again, I highly recommend that professional contractors be used for further inspections of defects found in your report.

Complete Moving Package

Are you moving across town? I can perform inspections on both your current and future homes. The pre-listing inspection on your current home can help you sell faster, and the inspection on your future home will provide you with peace of mind. Multiple copies of your current home inspection can be used for open houses or other realtor options.

Home Maintenance Inspection

If you are just interested in the current condition of your home or have had some damages from storms or other causes, I can perform a specific inspection geared for that part of your home; such as a roof inspection or as a part of a home maintenance program. This inspection service can be a great tool to help you maintain your biggest investment.

Final Walk through

A Final Walk Through Inspection is very important and should be completed just prior to closing. It will allow you to identify and verify any repairs that may have been made and to inspect areas that may not have been visible during the home inspection.

4 Point Inspection

A 4 point inspection includes basic information gathering of the home and a visual inspection of the Roof, Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing systems. These inspections are generally performed for Insurance or Financing purposes.