Property Inspection

Property Inspection FAQ’s:

What is a property inspection and why do I need it?

Property inspection is a complete visual examination of the all the systems and physical and structural elements of a property performed by a professional. Our job is to identify existing or potential problems that would affect purchasers buying decision. Since a home is the largest purchase you may ever make, it makes sense to find out as much as possible about the house you are interested in before you buy. Inspection can help you avoid costly repairs and hidden problems. Our report includes suggested maintenance to keep your home in top condition. Professional inspection gives you a concise picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, pre-listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be discovered later by the buyers. Finding them early will allow you to address them before you list your home, making your sale faster and smoother.

Why hire a technically advanced inspector?

Inspectors must be rough-and-tumble to have no qualms about entering a dusty, spider-infested attics and crawlspaces. Their preferred tools are of the time-tested, no-nonsense sort such as flashlight, magnifying glass, cell phone, tablet and several incomprehensibly technical testing devices.  So hire an inspector that has cutting-edge technology at his or her disposal – a “Digital Inspector”.  Special tools allow the digital inspector to spend more time in the field, while managing their business and delivering professional looking reports faster. The best inspectors are experienced present or former licensed contractors.

What does my home inspection report include?

Our standard inspection report covers all the major systems and structural elements of the house. This includes the condition of the foundation, hardscape, heating and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, foundation, attic and visible insulation, walls, doors, windows and all visible structures.

Do I need to be present and how long does it take?

No, but we recommend that you be present, follow the inspector and have him explain the findings and maintenance tips for specific areas. You will understand the finished report better and get the most benefit from it. Inspection time depends on both the size and condition of the home. For most homes 3 to 4 hours is typical, but for larger homes or homes in poor condition it may take longer.

Does a newly built home need inspection?

ABSOLUTELY! Professional inspection of any home is always important, because if we can find potential problems early they are usually easier to correct. It is especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished. As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or where his sub-contractors have not done good quality work.

Why can’t I do the inspection myself?

Even if you are familiar with home construction, you may not have the knowledge, training and experience of an experienced home builder. We’ve built and inspected many homes, and we are not only familiar with all home systems and how they work and need to be maintained, but we also know what to look for to tell us they may be close to failing. Beyond our technical expertise and experience, it is important to remember that we are an impartial third party. If you are buying or selling a house it is impossible for you to be completely unemotional about the house, and this may cloud your judgment. We provide an objective report of the facts.

What if the inspection uncovers problems?

Our report will tell you the condition of the house, including all required repairs. No house is going to be perfect, and you will have to decide how the problems that our inspection discovers may affect your decision to buy. If there are major problems you may want to negotiate with the seller to have them repaired before you buy, or have the seller lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.

Will your inspectors fix the problems they find?

No. The code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) prohibits its members from doing repair work on properties they inspect. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest by the inspector. Inspectors’ purpose is to provide an unbiased, objective third party report on the condition of the home.

We strongly encourage all of our clients to accompany inspectors during inspections. Feel free to ask the inspectors any questions you may have during the inspection. The inspector will point out any problems they find and explain them to you in detail, and explain what periodic maintenance you should do to keep your house in a top condition. This way you get the most benefit from the inspection including a clear understanding of the systems that make up your home, and how to maintain them.

You’ll get a comprehensive and easy to understand report identifying everything the inspectors found during the inspection. Armed with the information our report will provide, you can make your decisions with confidence.

Property inspection and Inspection report

Certified property inspection is an unbiased, professional assessment of the current condition of the house. It provides you an expert opinion and detailed professional report on the condition of the physical structure and various systems within a house. Well done Home Inspection gives you a peace of mind on what almost surely is the largest purchase you’ll ever make. Home buying process can be stressful and very confusing. Not only do you need to consider things such as price and location, but you also have to worry about whether the house itself has any hidden problems that could become costly surprises after you move in.

In order to prepare the inspection report, an inspector must conduct a detailed visual inspection of the house. The inspection process typically takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete, and several additional hours to compile a detailed report. Inspection time varies greatly, depending on the size and condition of the home and number and complexity of its amenities. We strongly encourage you to take the time and accompany the inspector during his inspection. This will give you an opportunity to

ask questions and become familiar with the all the systems of your home. We recommend home inspection before you make an offer to buy the home, because you can use the results of the inspection to make sure the home you are considering has no major defects, as well as to negotiate a fair price.  We will inspect all the structural elements and all vital systems of the home. The items that will typically be included in an inspection are:

  1. Foundation and soils
  2. Framing and structural elements
  3. Walls, floors and ceilings
  4. Electrical system
  5. Water supply and drain system
  6. Kitchen
  7. Bathrooms
  8. Insulation, heating & air conditioning systems
  9. Roof, flashings and attic
  10. Garage doors and openers

Additional items and systems unique to a particular home can also be inspected.

When the inspection is complete, we’ll tell you of any problems that we discovered and discuss them with you. We will also tell you about any routine maintenance that should be performed, as well as answer any questions you may have. You will receive a full detailed written report of the inspection, including recommendations for each item we inspected.

Our goal is to discover and report to you anything that might affect your purchase decision. We will tell you in detail about any problems we find, and give you repair recommendations. We will also inform you of what maintenance tasks are required to keep the home and all its vital systems in a top condition.

HIIA Code of Ethics

All members of the Home Inspection Institute of America, Inc. (HIIA) adhere to a strict code of ethics as a home inspectors. The code of ethics can be found here: http://www.inspecthomes.com/code.htm

 

If you need a professional property inspection please call or text us at (949) 310 4442 or click here for your free no obligation consultation.